Do I need to treat my teen’s flat feet?

As long as the feet are not painful or limiting their activity, treatment for teen’s flat feet is not really necessary. It is only when soreness, stiffness, or weakness affects their ability to function normally that you need to schedule a visit to our office.

If your child develops foot pain, it is best to find out exactly what is causing it. Flat feet are tied to a number of conditions, including tarsal coalition—where two tarsal bones are connected by a bridge of bone, cartilage, or tissue and cause stiffness and pain near the ankle. Other complications related to flat feet include a tendency to overpronate and put extra stress on the ligament under the arch (leading to plantar fasciitis) and a tight Achilles tendon (leading to tendinitis or a ruptured Achilles).

If you notice limping, an awkward gait, uneven wear on your teen’s shoes, or pain and unwillingness to be active, call Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, Golden, Evergreen, or Granby, CO, at (303) 423-2520 and set up a consultation with our foot specialists. Simple solutions such as better shoes, heel cups or orthotics, or stretching programs can bring relief to your child’s sore feet.