Have you ever wondered if your child has flatfeet? Have you ever been told by your pediatrician that your child’s feet will “grow out of it” and don’t require treatment.
Although some pediatric foot and ankle conditions do not require immediate treatment, it is best to have your child’s feet evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist.
Dr. Misako McLeod, DPM believes in early non-surgical treatment of children’s flatfeet when indicated using special made orthotic devices and bracing when needed. These devices help to correct malalignment issues to allow the child to develop and grow in a more anatomical position.
In addition, physical therapy may be prescribed and a home physical therapy plan implemented. In very rare cases, serial casting and surgery may be required.
Surgical correction of pediatric flatfoot depends upon the severity of the deformity and whether the growth plates are closed or not. Historically, there have been several types of procedures, but now there are more minimally invasive techniques that allow the child to continue growing while correcting anatomic alignment and alleviating pain.
For some children, Dr. McLeod uses a minimally invasive technique called a Hyprocure implant. This small conical shaped implant is inserted through a small incision in the foot. The implant helps to restore anatomic alignment without disrupting growth plates. The child continues to grow but in improved position and with an arch. The child is better able to tolerate shoes and orthotics. The arch pain, leg pain, and knee pain starts to disappear, and the child an enjoy activities without fatigue.
Unfortunately, today many adults suffer from painful flatfeet and dehabilitating arthritis due to the lack of appropriate treatment as a child. Their parents were told that their kids didn’t require treatment and would “grow out of it.” Consider having your child properly evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist such as Dr. McLeod.
Keep your child’s feet healthy and your child active and happy!