Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Flatfeet
 

Parents worry about flatfeet, but flatfeet are normal in babies and early childhood.

A child's arch develops whether the child wears shoes or goes barefoot. Special wedges, inserts or heels are not necessary for the normal toddler who has flexible flatfeet.

One in seven children never develops an arch.

Children usually have low arches because they are loose jointed.
The arch flattens when they are standing up.

But you can see the arch when the feet are hanging free, or when the child stands on his or her toes.

Just as some normal children are taller than others,

some normal arches are taller than others.

Wearing a pad under the arch of a simple flatfoot may make the child less comfortable...
...and wastes money!

... and will not change the child's arch.
A doctor is concerned if the flatfoot is:

 

Stiff: You cannot make the toes bend up or down
Painful
Or if the child seems to walk only on the inside of the foot instead of on all the foot.

Last Edited: July 1, 2012