Flat feet, also known as pes planus, are common in children when the arch of the foot is either not fully developed or collapses when bearing weight. While many children outgrow this condition, others may require additional support in the form of pediatric orthotics.
Benefits of Pediatric Orthotics for Flat Feet
- Improved Support. Orthotics can help support the foot arch, distributing pressure more evenly and reducing strain on the muscles and ligaments.
- Enhanced Stability. By promoting proper foot alignment, orthotics can improve balance and stability, helping to prevent injuries and falls.
- Reduced Discomfort. Orthotics can alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with flat feet by providing cushioning and support where needed most.
- Prevention of Long-term Complications. If left untreated, flat feet can lead to overpronation, uneven wear on shoes, and even problems with the knees, hips, and back. Orthotics can help prevent these long-term complications by addressing the root cause of the issue.
Custom vs. Over-the-Counter Orthotics
Custom orthotics are created specifically for your child’s feet, considering their unique needs and providing optimal support. Over-the-counter orthotics, while more affordable, may provide a different level of support and may need to be replaced more frequently.
We can evaluate your child’s feet, gait, and overall biomechanics to recommend the most suitable orthotic solution. Remember that children’s feet grow rapidly, so regular check-ups and adjustments may be necessary to maintain proper support. Orthotics alone may not address children’s flat feet. Encourage your child to wear supportive, well-fitting shoes with a firm heel counter and ample arch support. Avoid shoes that are too tight or narrow or lack proper cushioning and support.
Pediatric orthotics can be an effective solution for children with flat feet, providing support, stability, and pain relief. At Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, we offer expert advice and a wide range of orthotic solutions for children with flat feet. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us help your child get back on the path to healthy foot development.