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Do All Babies Initially Have Flat Feet?

Ever notice how young children appear to have flat feet? Find out if this is common and what steps you can take to manage it.

Jasrah Javed - Writer for First Walkers
By Jasrah Javed
Kelly Hendrickse - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Kelly Hendrickse

Updated August 14, 2023.

Flat feet are commonly associated with no symptoms but sometimes can cause heel and arch pain, as well as swelling around the ankle. However, if you've noticed your baby's flat feet, it's usually nothing to worry about since they're quite common in infants and toddlers.

When babies are born, the entire sole of their foot makes contact with the ground. All infants are born with flat feet since the arch hasn't had a chance to develop yet.

How Are Flat Feet Treated in Babies?

There typically isn't a need for treatment if flat feet do not cause any trouble. Flat feet, however, can occasionally lead to:

  • Stiffness
  • Discomfort
  • Bone issues
  • Tight tendons
  • Neurodevelopment difficulties

In cases like the above, further treatment or therapy may be required. But always consult your physician before trying any treatments. Typically, the foot arch starts developing around 5 years or older.

But sometimes, the arch doesn't form. This can be because of a number of factors. For instance, a study showed that less supportive shoes, like slippers, in the toddler years can weaken the foot muscles and lead to low or no arches. Don't worry, though, it doesn't prevent your kids from having happy and healthy feet with supportive, correctly fitted shoes.

Take a Step in the Right Direction

If your little one is already walking around, you should consider First Walkers' shoes for pre-walkers. These shoes are designed with stability and balance in mind, as well as suitable cushioning and breathable fabrics so your child is comfortable and supported while wandering or playing. Plus, the shoes' flexibility allows for regular foot development and natural movement. So, explore our range to find the right fit for your baby.

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