As a parent you want to do everything you can to ensure that your kids lead a healthy life. It starts from the time you pick a pediatrician, take your child in for regular checkups, and get them the vaccinations they need. As you child gets older you cheer them on as they take their first steps.
You probably haven't noticed any problems with your toddler's feet unless they have a severe balance problem, they're pigeon-toed, or having pain. While it's true that a lot of children will outgrow some of these problems, that's not always the case. One of the conditions that kids won't outgrow is developmental flat foot or flexible flat foot. Ignoring this condition can lead to future foot conditions and other musculoskeletal issues.
If you have flat feet you may have developed plantar fasciitis, bunions, or back problems. You can appreciate how stopping these problems from forming in the first place would have helped you.
So what can you do to help your kids?
Know the warning signs. In addition to flat feet, here are signs your toddler might be at risk for future foot and physical problems.
in-toeing or out-toeing
problems with coordination
poor foot alignment
If you've noticed any of these signs in your toddler and you have flat feet, bring them for a free screening at the Seattle Center for Children's Foot Health at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City. When necessary we treat your child to prevent them from developing foot problems and physical problems in the future.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.
Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.