Ask a Concord Foot Doctor: When Is It Time to Treat Pediatric Flat Foot?
Pediatric flatfoot can not only cause your child a lot of pain but also lead to other foot problems in adulthood. While most people agree that children who exhibit symptoms such as pain should receive treatment, there is controversy around the types of treatment for flat feet when the condition is painless. Notwithstanding all these, you should know when to seek treatment.
When You Notice the Following Symptoms
Although most children with the condition will have no symptoms, it is still possible for a caregiver to notice pediatric flatfoot. Some of the symptoms your child may experience are a change in walking, discomfort when walking, pain and tenderness at the bottom of their feet as well as their heel tilting outwards.
Changes in Activity Level & Performance
Any Concord podiatrist will agree that a child who suddenly withdraws from physical activities that cause pain in their feet may have this medical condition. In some cases, your child will be lazy, ask to be carried frequently and have a hard time keeping up with their age mates.
Abnormal Flatfoot at Any Age
In case you notice a deviation from the normal when it comes to the functioning of the feet and legs, you may want to seek treatment for flat feet. Symptoms at any age should be treated with the seriousness they deserve to avoid the progression of the condition to more painful and complicated medical problems.
Abnormal Foot Position When Standing & Sitting
Before determining the best treatment option, the medical practitioner will have to look at the foot position of your child when they sit, stand and walk. An abnormal foot position may be a sign that further examination is required. The patterns of wear on your child’s shoes will also be an indication that treatment is necessary.
Simultaneous Presence of Two Chronic Diseases
The simultaneous presence of related diseases, commonly known as comorbidities, should also lead you to seek medical attention and treatment.
In case you notice any of these signs, it is important to consult a licensed Concord podiatrist, like Dr. Ryan and Dr. Whitman. Our medical professionals will determine the best treatment for the condition. Kindly contact us today to learn how we can help you improve the quality of your child’s life through proper foot care and preventative measures.