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When Treatment May Be Needed for Flat Feet in Children

Pes planus, commonly known as flat feet, occurs when the foot's arch does not develop or collapses, leading to the entire sole touching the floor. Children typically have flat feet, and their arch develops as they grow into toddlerhood. It usually suffices for podiatrists to provide shoe advice for the majority of kids who have this condition. However, for kids with hypermobility or hypotonia, further intervention might be required. Flat feet typically emerge as the infant's fat pad recedes and motor skills progress, but sometimes arch development is impeded by factors such as calf muscle tightness or ligament hypermobility. While flat feet often do not trouble children, they can eventually cause gait changes, clumsiness, or pain. Early treatment is important to prevent these types of issues. If your child has flat feet that are causing problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for appropriate treatment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is 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. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches 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. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Newtown, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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