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Find Out if Your Child has Flat Feet – Follow These 3 Simple Steps!

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Have you noticed your child walking or running differently lately? Has your child been complaining about foot or leg pain? If you don’t have access to your medical professional I will help you figure out whether your child has flat feet or not.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now where we specialize in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems. Several medical professionals refer children to our shoe store to have them evaluated and fitted for supportive shoes and orthotics.

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One of the main reasons why parents bring their children to the shoe store — many times referred by their physical or occupational therapists — is that their children have been diagnosed with flat feet.

Other families come to the store because their medical professional diagnosed their child with flat feet but since the child doesn’t complain about pain they were told not to worry about it, but they are obviously concerned. Just to be clear, pain is not the only reason to treat flat feet.

Some children with flat feet don’t experience any symptoms of pain while some others do and have difficulty staying active.

Is Your Child Flat-Footed? – Let’s Find Out in 3 Simple Steps!

✅ First Step

Have your child stand on a flat surface (make sure your child is not standing on carpet) and make sure that your child is standing straight and looking straight ahead.

  • Take an image of your child’s feet from the side as shown in the image below:
child-with-healthy-arch

Why do I need this image? This image will help me determine whether your child has a high, regular, low, or no arch at all.

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✅ Second Step

  • With your child standing on a flat surface and looking straight ahead, take a look at your child’s feet from the back as shown in the image below:
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Why do I need this image? This image will help me determine whether your child’s ankles are straight or rolling inwards/outwards.

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✅ Third Step

Email me the images of your child’s feet:

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This service is free of charge and it will take me less than 24 hours to respond with whether your child has flat feet or not. Once you have the images ready you need to email them at:

Optional – Video of your child walking

This step is optional but it can be very helpful as it will help me further evaluate your child’s feet and walking gait. If you can record a video of your child walking straight on a flat surface such as shown in the video below I will be able to determine whether your child has overpronation or not. Don’t worry about making the perfect video or how long the video is, the goal is for me to be able to see how your child walks.

 

The Complications of Having Flat Feet

Don’t stress out if your child has flat feet, this condition is very common, and it’s believed to be hereditary. However, this doesn’t mean that flat feet should be left untreated, and I want to be clear that pain is not the only reason to treat flat feet.

Did you know that the way children’s feet strike the ground has a significant effect on their bodies? When children are flat-footed, they don’t have an arch below their feet to minimize the impact that the feet take when every time they touch the ground. This means that your children’s feet are not able to absorb the force of their bodies. The muscles and joints in their feet need to work harder to try to correct that imbalance. This often leads to issues in other parts of their body such as the knees, hip, and lower back.

It’s normal for young children to have flat feet and a certain degree of pronation, the issue is when that pronation becomes excessive, which is referred to as overpronation. This condition can lead to poor posture habits as well as foot, leg, and back pain.

The most effective way to treat a child with flat feet is through wearing the correct type of shoes, and depending on the degree of your child’s flat feet, orthotics as well.  Let me prove it to you!

Supportive Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet — What a Difference These Shoes Can Make!

Before Image

Let’s take a look at an image of a child with flat feet standing barefoot. Do you notice how the feet are collapsing and turning inwards? Since there is no arch to support the feet, both feet are collapsing and turning inwards. This can throw the whole body out of alignment and leads children to place pressure in areas of their body where they are not supposed to.

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After Image

Let’s see what happens when we fit the same child in a pair of the supportive shoes I recommend. Do you notice how the child’s feet are a lot straighter?

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Let’s take a look at another example of a different child!

Before Image

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After Image

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Pretty awesome, right?

I always recommend parents to be proactive and don’t take the “wait and see approach” when it comes to treating their children’s foot conditions, as that can only lead to the condition getting worse.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Treating Flat Fleet?

✅ Substantial Outsole: This feature helps improve your child’s walking gait by preventing your child’s feet from collapsing and turning inwards:

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✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature provides ankle support and helps treat your child’s pronation in case it is coming from the ankles.

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✅ Lightweight and Flexible: While we want the shoes to be supportive, we want them to be lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired. Your child’s shoes should be able to bend at the ball of the foot but no further. If you can flex your kids’ shoes like a spiral, then it means that the shoes are too flexible and won’t provide good support to your child’s feet.

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While many children have flat feet and notice no problems and require no treatment, others may experience the following symptoms:

  • Your child might complain about how their feet tire easily.
  • Painful or achy feet, especially in the areas of the arches and heels.
  • The inside bottoms of your kids’ feet might become swollen.
  • Back and leg pain.

I have put together an article that describes the best shoes for children with flat feet. You can refer to that article by going to the link below:

The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!

Have you found a particular shoe style that has been effective in treating your child’s flat feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.

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6 Comments on Find Out if Your Child has Flat Feet – Follow These 3 Simple Steps!

  1. Thank you for this informative article, Juan. Can you please let me know what’s the brand of the shoes that are shown in the images above? I would like to purchase them for my child. Thanks in advance

    • Hello Caro,

      The children in the images above are wearing New Balance shoes. However, not all New Balance shoes are effective in helping treat children with flat feet and rolled ankles, only specific styles. In addition, most New Balance shoes can fit children with medium, wide, or extra wide feet, but they won’t fit children with narrow feet.

      If you already know your child’s foot shape and want to see a selection of the best shoes for children with flat feet I suggest that you refer to the article below:

      The Best Shoes for Kids with Flat Feet – STOP Your Kids Foot Pain!

      I hope this helps!

  2. Hi can you help me with my son he is 7 years old and he have problem with walking, he have a lot of pain he has wider toes and flat feet, his shoes size is 3 can you recommend a suitable shoes for him , thank you I will appreciate your help.🙂

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