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Flat Feet in Children: Do They Need Arch Support?

Discover how to address flat feet in children, recognize symptoms that may require arch support, and learn about the benefits of orthotic shoes for your child.

Amy Elder - Writer for First Walkers
By Amy Elder
Davor Štefanović - Editor for First Walkers
Edited by Davor Štefanović

Updated August 14, 2023.

Flat feet in children are a common condition due to their flexible, malleable, and still-developing bones and ligaments. While it's normal for young children to have flat feet and typically outgrow them, arch supports can help if your child experiences pain or disruption in function.

Children with flat feet should wear arch support when in addition to flat feet, they also experience:

  • Pain and cramping in the foot, leg, and knee
  • Awkwardness or change in walking
  • Reduced energy for physical activities

How to Fix Flat Feet in Children

Flat feet in toddlers and young children can be effectively corrected and treated with custom orthotics. If your child communicates any of the symptoms listed above, addressing the issue promptly is essential. Arch supports, either in the form of a shoe with increased arch support or a custom orthotic device, can help relieve the pain caused by flat feet by distributing pressure evenly across the foot. This approach provides additional stability and balance, improving a child's gait and overall posture.

Raise Those Fallen Arches

Don't be too worried if you notice flat feet in your young child; it's completely normal up to a certain age to have little to no arches. It's important to pay attention to any signs of pain or difficulty in engaging in certain activities, as this may indicate a need for arch support. Check out First Walkers' orthotics-friendly shoes for children that can provide the necessary arch support to alleviate pain and discomfort while promoting healthy foot development.

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