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Are My Child’s Flat Feet a Problem?

Flat feet in children are a common condition and can be a normal part of a child's development. The arch of a child’s foot may not fully develop until later in childhood, so flat feet often resolve on their own as the child grows. However, some cases of flat feet persist, which can cause an older child heel and arch pain. This can worsen during activities like playing sports and running. Flat feet can be associated with other conditions, such as tendon inflammation or joint problems. There are treatment options for flat feet that cause pain, and discomfort, and affect a child's ability to participate in physical activities. If your child has flat feet, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can address any potential issues and assess your child’s foot development. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Scott Amoss, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Whiting and Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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