A Systematic Approach to Pediatric Flatfoot Treatment: What to Do and When to Do It

A Systematic Approach to Paediatric Flatfoot: What to Do and When to Do It

Childhood is a time of boundless curiosity and exploration, where every step is an adventure for kids. However, for some children, these early journeys come with a challenge – pediatric flat foot.

Pediatric flat foot is a condition where the arches of a child’s feet do not develop as expected. It is a common concern among parents. It can interfere with a child’s health, mobility, and quality of life. 

In this blog, we will discuss different pediatric flat foot treatment options available.


What is a Flat Foot?

Pediatric flat foot, also known as fallen arches or pes planus, is a common condition where the entire sole of your child’s foot contacts with the ground. It occurs when the foot’s arch either doesn’t develop properly or collapses.

Flat feet in children are common because their bones and joints are highly flexible. Most children outgrow the condition by age six. Even those who don’t outgrow the condition sometimes require treatment.

What are the Signs of a Pediatric Flat Foot?

Some common signs and symptoms associated with pediatric flat foot:
A Systematic Approach to Pediatric Flatfoot: What to Do and When to Do It
  • Flattened arch
  • Feeling pain or discomfort anywhere from the foot to the knee
  • Tiredness in the feet and legs when walking
  • Pain or difficulty when wearing shoes
  • An abnormal arch when the child is sitting
  • Change in the way the child walks
  • Poor balance of the feet


It’s important to note that not all children with flat feet will experience symptoms, and some may naturally outgrow the condition as they continue to develop. However, if you observe any of these signs in your child, consult a podiatrist.

What are Flat Foot Treatment Options?

Treatment options for flat feet vary depending on the severity of the condition, the individual’s symptoms, and the underlying causes. Here are common treatment options for flat foot:


Observation- In many cases, flat feet in children are a normal part of development and may not require any treatment. A podiatrist may recommend a period of observation to see if the child’s arches naturally develop as they grow.


Lifestyle modifications- In some cases, especially with flexible flat foot that doesn’t cause pain or discomfort, no treatment may be necessary. Simply making lifestyle adjustments can suffice.


Medications- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed to help alleviate pain and discomfort.


Supportive footwear- Wearing supportive and well-fitting shoes with good arch support can alleviate discomfort. Flat-foot shoes have a firm midsole to support the arch and good shock absorption in the sole.


Orthotics- A custom orthotic fitted inside your shoe can help improve function and correct the arch. It can help relieve your child’s pain and fatigue. 


Physical therapy- Your podiatrist may supervise special stretching exercises for flat feet to strengthen the foot and lower leg muscles, improving foot function and stability.

Surgical interventions- Children rarely require surgery to treat flexible flat foot. Occasionally, surgical treatment may be recommended for adolescents with persistent pain or if the flat foot becomes rigid over time.

Consult Dr KP Meda for Your Flat Foot Problem

Dr KP Meda is a podiatrist and knee surgeon with several years of experience. He will conduct a detailed analysis of each case and provide customized treatment according to your needs. He opts for surgeries only when utterly required, thereby always keeping a minimally invasive approach. 

Schedule your appointment today.