Babies are born with flat feet, this is due to weak muscle tone in their feet, lots of fat padding and loose ankle ligaments which causes the feet to lean inwards. As the foot develops with age and the child masters walking you will notice the ligaments and muscles strengthen and the fat pad around their arch isn’t as noticeable and by the age five their arches should be normal.
Does you child experience any of the following?
- Complains of tired legs whilst standing or walking for a long period of time
- Sits down and doesn’t want to partake in activities
- Trips over
- Has one foot turning in more than the other
- Wears shoes unevenly
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then book an appointment to have your child’s feet assessed by one of our Podiatrists, we will take the time to assess family history, perform muscle and joint tests, look for reflexes and watch your child walking. For your peace of mind it is best to seek professional advice as sometimes children just don’t ‘grow out of things’.
Call today on (03) 90773239 to make an appointment and experience Glad Feet.