Babies are born with flat feet and it is rare that they encounter problems. Some notable issues can arise however if the young child cannot engage in activities such as walking and running. If you notice your child is awkwardly engaging in these activities or if they start to complain of pain in their feet, legs, or knees, it is important to have the child examined by a podiatrist like Dr. Applegate DPM. If Pediatric Flatfoot goes untreated it can lead to deformity in adulthood which makes exercise and walking more painful, leading to risk of poor cardiovascular health and obesity.
There are surgical and non surgical options available to treat a child suffering from flat feet. Dr. Applegate DPM will evaluate the child’s foot in weight bearing and non weight bearing positions in and out of shoes. He will also evaluate how the child is walking and their range of motion. For a further detailed analysis an imaging test such as an x-ray may be ordered. We also offer pediatric orthotics which can easily be fit to the child’s foot to help improve their condition.
If you feel your child may be suffering from flat feet, consider making an appointment with Dr. Applegate DPM at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists. We are conveniently located adjacent to the La Centerra outdoor shopping center across from Cinco Ranch High School in the Katy area of west Houston. We have convenient hours to accommodate a variety of schedules and can offer same day appointments most of the time for those with pressing needs.