Young girls love to play dress up and try on their mother's high heels, but babies and young children should never wear high heels as a matter of course.

Believe it or not there is a company out there that is making pumps for babies because they think it's cute.

As a Seattle podiatrist, it irks me that companies like this and famous people want to put their kids in pumps for fashions sake when it sends the completely wrong message. High heels worn over time can lead to bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas particularly if a woman is already at high risk for developing these problems because she has flat feet.

Flat feet are completely normal in babies; typically by age 4-5 most they will develop an arch. It's important for babies' feet to develop properly by letting them go barefoot or at the very least wear flat, soft shoes that are non-constricting.

However, if your child still has flat feet by 4 or 5 they very likely have Developmental Flat Foot. Flat feet are inherited. If you have flat feet you've likely already seen the effects through problems with plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, and even back pain.  Children with this condition will not grow out of their flat feet but will continue to have them into adulthood along with the problems that come with it unless this condition is treated early.

Fortunately, there is a way to treat flat feet in children by fitting them with special orthotics called Little Steps. Many kids who have flat feet have trouble running and playing with other kids. They may have pain or tend to trip or fall. Little Steps can make a difference in your child's life right away. For more information about foot problems in children visit us at the Seattle Center for Children's Foot Health.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for a free foot screening for your child under 12. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

Get our free foot book "No More Foot Pain", mailed directly to your home.

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.

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