Does My Child Need Pediatric Orthotics for Their Feet?

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As a parent, you want to do what’s best for your child. An important part of parenting is making the right calls when it comes to your child’s medical care, especially if they are experiencing something that could grow into a chronic condition. In our experience here at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, one concern that many parents share is that their child has flat feet, and these parents want to know whether pediatric orthotics may be necessary. If you have the same concern, read on to learn more about the circumstances in which our team may prescribe orthotics for children’s feet.

Does My Child Need Pediatric Orthotics for Their Feet?

 

  • Flat Feet: In most cases, children will grow out of their flat feet, and pediatric orthotics are not typically necessary. Your child’s feet may appear flat for the first few years because the arch is hidden under pads of fat, but they will appear as the child grows. Alternatively, they may have a condition known as flexible flatfoot, in which the feet appear flat when standing but show visible arches when the child is seated or stands on tiptoe. This condition will usually resolve itself as the arches develop and harden. If your child’s flat feet persist, orthotics may be called for, but generally only if your child is experiencing mobility problems or pain.
  • Bunions: Although it’s uncommon for children to develop bunions, it has been known to happen. If your child has developed a bunion, pediatric orthotics are an effective treatment option. Orthotics will help relieve symptoms, halt the condition’s progression, and reduce the likelihood of your child needing surgery later in life.