When Flat Feet Are a Problem in Children

Babies are born with flat feet, but in a few years, this usually corrects itself. The arch begins to develop, and by the time they are 5 or 6 years old, most children have normal arches. Around 15-20 percent may have flexible flat feet by that age, which is generally painless and not considered to be a serious condition. However, in certain cases, a parent may want to pay attention to their child’s flat feet. First is if your child complains or demonstrates foot pain, and second is if one foot is flat and the other is not. Third is if the child’s feet seem to be getting flatter. And fourth is if the child has difficulty walking, running, or participating in sports. Treatment for problems of flat feet in children includes finding footwear that provides the necessary support. Other ways to treat a child’s flat feet are foot exercises that stretch and strengthen the feet, and wearing foot orthotics. Engaging in certain activities, such as hopping, swimming, and balance exercises, can also help. If you are concerned about how flat feet may be affecting your child, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Beavercreek, Dayton, and Vandalia, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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