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WFAI Patient Webinar: A Closer Look at Understanding Pediatric Flat feet
Weil Foot & Ankle Institute is dedicated to providing patients with the information they need to maintain proper foot health. In this webinar discussion, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Hannah Park explains more about flat feet and how it can impact feet and ankles, especially in children.
As children grow, their bodies go through several changes. The same can be said for their feet. Many young children appear to have arches that seemingly disappear or collapse while standing. Parents may have some concern about whether or not their child’s feet are developing properly. We believe that education is the best tool for our patients, and here we will offer additional guidance to understanding pediatric flat feet and when it becomes a cause for concern.
Dr. Park explains that research shows that flat feet are incredibly common during the first decade of a child’s life. She cites studies that indicate 54% of children have flat feet at the age of three, and only 26% have flat feet by the age of six. As the child’s foot continues to grow and loses some of the fatty pad, the arches should become more visible.
In addition to providing a clear overview of flat feet, Dr. Park also identifies common causes of the condition and how it can be diagnosed. While visual examination will likely help discover the apparent signs of flat feet, additional x-rays will likely be needed if the patient is symptomatic. Dr. Park explains that there are various non-invasive treatment options available depending on the patient’s needs. She also provides helpful information about early warning signs and when it’s time to schedule an appointment for your child.
Check out this informative webinar to learn more about pediatric flat feet and what you can do to ensure that your child’s feet are developing properly.