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By contactus
January 30, 2012
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Often times, new mothers are very concerned, as they well should be, about every last detail on their newborn’s body. One of these concerns I often see mothers have is the flattened arch of their child’s feet, or what I call a flatfoot deformity. This is when the normal arch on the inside of the foot (“medial longitudinal arch”) is not present, and the bottom of the foot appears flat all the way from side to side. This is a very keen and critical observation because often the child’s foot shape and structure can be indicative of underlying problems or conditions. Other times flat feet can be just a normal part of the growth and maturity of the newborn child. If your child’s flatfeet are determined to be of this normal pattern type, the flatfeet should fully disappear by age 3 and should have minimal effect on the child’s attainment of milestones, such as standing and walking. Often times an infant just has so much fat padding on the bottom of their feet for a period of time that the fat pad fills in the normal medial arch and the child appears to have flatfeet.

There are so many variations on normal, and conversely so many variations of the abnormal, that it is very important for you to have your newborn, your infant, or your child into my office at the first sign of concern or just for a screening exam if you so choose. There are many abnormalities in foot and leg shape or structure that can be easily treated with such things as casting or bracing, but it is important to catch these and treat these early for the best outcome.

 

When you come in with your child for a podiatry exam, whether out of precaution or for deeper concerns, there are a few things you can expect. I will likely want to see the how the child’s bones are developing, so we will take xrays of the child’s feet and legs as needed. I will also likely run through a series of physical exam tests to assess the child’s joint alignment and ranges of motion of the lower extremities. I will also educate you on the growth and development of your child, because two sets of eyes are always better than one.

 

 

 

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