My child has flat feet: can it be treated?

Young Parents team

Babies are commonly born with flat feet but for some, flat feet can persist well into their childhood.

Do not be overly worried, says Fiona Hu, chief podiatrist of The Sole Clinic. This occurs largely because children’s bones and joints are flexible, and when they stand, the arch can appear collapsed. Children also have a fat pad on the inner border of their feet that hides the arch.

To see if there is a hidden arch, get your child to stand on tiptoe so you can look out for it. Normally, flat feet ‘disappear’ by age 7 as the feet become less flexible and the muscles supporting the foot develop. Only 10 to 20 per cent of children will continue to have flat feet into adulthood.

For children who do not develop an arch, treatment is not…

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