A child’s foot deserves the same attention as an adult’s perhaps even more since it is still developing, so any maladies or malformations may become amplified as the child grows and may continue into adulthood. Our doctor at Lifestyle Podiatry has helped thousands of feet both small and large maintain or regain their health. From a flat foot East Village to a bunion in Little Italy our practice uses state-of-the-art techniques and technology to treat a myriad of foot and ankle maladies. Dr. Dennis Shavelson, DPM, our doctor, is a pioneer in treating many foot ailments and has developed patented custom orthotics know as “grow arches.”
A flat foot East Village is one of the more common foot disorders that our doctor sees in our office. A flat foot is a postural deformity in which the arch collapses giving the appearance of a flat foot. Almost the entire bottom of the foot comes into contact with the ground with each step, Flat feet in adults is often an inherited condition but in young children it can be either an ailment that requires treatment or in many cases just a normal part of the child’s anatomical development. Often between one and five years of age a child will display symptoms of flat feet but will grow out of it as they get older. However, some children do require medical intervention by our doctor to regain their normal arch. Those children who we classify as having symptomatic flat feet (about 5 percent) will exhibit symptoms and the child may suffer from pain or even limitation in their range of activity and foot flexibility.
Our doctor treats a pediatric flat foot East Village in several ways. Supportive footwear such as high top shoes or padded inserts to support the arch are used, as are orthotic devices such as our “grow arches”, which can prevent the condition from worsening during walking and running. These devices can also prevent the development of overpronation. Orthotics will not change the shape of the child’s arch but will help to support it during walking. For child that has severe flat foot problems and does not respond to these measures our doctor may prescribe surgery to help alleviate the problem. If you suspect your child is having problems with their feet or with walking make an appointment to see our doctor.