Pediatric & Adult Flatfeet
Experience comprehensive care for flatfeet in both children and adults. We offer tailored treatments to address the unique needs of each patient, ensuring a solid foundation for healthy mobility.
North Shore Foot & Ankle provides specialized care for pediatric flatfoot, a condition where the arch of the foot does not develop properly. Treatment for pediatric flatfoot may vary depending on the severity of the condition and the child’s age. Here are common approaches that may be offered:
- Observation and Monitoring: In many cases, pediatric flatfoot is asymptomatic and resolves naturally as the child grows. Regular monitoring by a foot specialist is essential to track the development of the feet.
- Orthotic Devices: Custom-made orthotic devices or shoe inserts may be recommended to provide support and improve foot alignment. These devices are designed to address any functional abnormalities in the child’s gait.
- Physical Therapy: Pediatric physical therapy may be employed to strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility in the feet and ankles. Therapeutic exercises can play a role in promoting proper foot development.
- Footwear Recommendations: North Shore Foot & Ankle may provide guidance on appropriate footwear for children with flatfeet, emphasizing the importance of supportive shoes that accommodate the specific needs of their feet.
- Bracing: In some cases, bracing or splinting may be recommended to support proper foot development, especially if the condition is more severe.
- Surgical Intervention (if necessary): While surgery is extremely rare for pediatric flatfoot, Dr. Christensen may consider it in severe cases that do not respond to conservative measures. Surgical options may include soft tissue procedures or bony realignment.
It’s important for parents to seek professional advice if they notice any concerns with their child’s foot development. Dr. Christensen and his team North Shore Foot & Ankle can provide a comprehensive evaluation, offer personalized treatment options, and guide parents through the most appropriate steps to address pediatric flatfoot. Early intervention and proper management can contribute to optimal foot health as the child grows.