Pediatric Flat Foot

Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Care & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Scottsdale, AZ and servicing the greater Phoenix area
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Pediatric Flat Foot services offered in Scottsdale, AZ

Pediatric flatfoot is a common condition that affects many children and teens. David Larson, DPM, is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon who provides comprehensive care for pediatric flatfoot. He can work with your child to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve their quality of life. To make an appointment, call the office in Mesa or Phoenix, Arizona, or request an appointment online today.

Pediatric Flat Foot Q&A

What is pediatric flatfoot?

Pediatric flatfoot is a structural abnormality characterized by foot pain and Achilles tendon tightness. 

All babies have flat feet when they’re born, but most children develop arches by the ages of 6-7. Some children’s arches never form. While this doesn’t always cause problems, in some cases, it results in ankle or knee pain and mobility issues. 

What are the different types of pediatric flatfoot?

Dr. Larson treats both types of pediatric flatfoot, including:

Flexible flatfoot

Children with flexible flatfoot have a visible arch when they stand on their tiptoes or sit down. The arch disappears when they stand up straight, with their feet flat on the floor.

Rigid flatfoot

Children with rigid flatfoot never have a visible arch. At all times, the bottoms of their feet make full contact with the ground.

If you notice that your child has rigid or flexible flatfoot, contact Dr. Larson for treatment.

What are the symptoms of pediatric flatfoot?

Symptoms of pediatric flatfoot include:

  • Leg cramps
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain when walking
  • Changes in the way your child walks (gait abnormalities)
  • A desire to sit or lie down, instead of standing up or playing

If your child experiences any of these symptoms, and they interfere with their ability to play with friends or perform other routine activities, contact Dr. Larson.

How is pediatric flatfoot diagnosed?

To diagnose pediatric flatfoot, Dr. Larson reviews your child’s medical records and asks about their symptoms.

Then, he completes a physical exam, looking at the soles of your child’s feet for arches. Dr. Larson also presses on the bottoms of your child’s feet to identify sensitive areas. If necessary, he orders X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at the bones and soft tissues in your child’s feet.

How is pediatric flatfoot treated?

Treatment of pediatric flatfoot depends on various things, including your child’s age and the severity of their symptoms. Dr. Larson typically recommends conservative treatments, such as:

  • Wearing comfortable and supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy
  • Casting or splinting
  • Special strengthening exercises

If your child has a structural abnormality, like tight tendons or a dislocated joint, Dr. Larson might recommend orthopedic surgery. He performs both minimally invasive and traditional open foot and ankle surgery.

To learn about the treatment of pediatric flatfoot, call the practice of David Larson, DPM, or request an appointment online today.

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