How to Identify Flexible Flat Feet in Your Child

Most of the time, small children are not able to articulate the symptoms of flat feet. This is the reason many times is not addressed by the pediatrician or the parent. However, there are multiple clues that should prompt parent to seek help for flexible flat feet. Nothing replaces a parent watchful eye when it comes to clues such as: pain in the foot, ankle or tenderness in the muscles. Many times, parents used to refer to this condition as growing pain. There are no growing pain. Those are symptoms of an underlying condition and should be investigated. The "growing pain" does not exist. Look to see if child has difficulty with shoes, or has changes in the way he/ she walks. This could be  signs of the child trying to compensate for Flexible flat feet. Many times child will seem to walk awkward, have multiple falls, wants to be carried, withdraw from physical activities as a way to avoid pain. This  withdrawal contribuites to other issues such as childhood obesity,  pediatric cardiovascular disease, childhood diabetes type 2, withdrawal from school activities...