Pediatric Flatfoot?Flatfoot is common in both children and adults. When this deformity occurs
in children, it is referred to as “pediatric flatfoot.” Although there are
various forms of flatfoot, they all share one characteristic – partial or total
collapse of the arch.
Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as symptomatic or
asymptomatic. Symptomatic flatfeet exhibit symptoms such as pain and limitation
of activity, while asymptomatic flatfeet show no symptoms. These
classifications can assist your foot and ankle surgeon in determining an
appropriate treatment plan.
Flatfoot can be apparent at birth or it may not show up until years later.
Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the
In diagnosing flatfoot, the foot and ankle surgeon examines the foot and
observes how it looks when the child stands and sits. The surgeon also observes
how the child walks and evaluates the range of motion of the foot. Because
flatfoot is sometimes related to problems in the leg, the surgeon may also
examine the knee and hip.
X-rays are often taken to determine the severity of the
deformity. Sometimes additional imaging and other tests are ordered.
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