Detect the Early Signs of Flat Feet in your Child

Parents would do well to consider the importance of foot health in children as back-to-school shopping and the need for new shoes approaches. One common foot condition that affects many children is flat feet, which is characterized by an abnormal collapse of the arch while standing. There are several early signs to keep in mind when trying to detect flat feet in children: a flat foot arch at age 5 or older, heels that tend to angle outward with a bowing of the Achilles tendon when seen from the back, early leg fatigue or clumsiness during activity, or foot, knee, or ankle pain during or after activity or during the middle of the night. If their parents are flat-footed, children are more likely to have flat feet as well.

Mobility can become difficult for children with flat feet. If your child appears to be exhibiting the signs of flat feet, speak to podiatrist Dr. Kevin F. Sunshein, DPM of Sunshein Podiatry Associates. Dr. Sunshein will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

What are Flat Feet? 

Flat feet are 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. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch 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.

For more information about Flat Feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office, located in Centerville, OH. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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