Pes Planovalgus (flat feet)
Pes planus is the loss of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. Infants typically have a minimal arch, however by the age of 10, children should have developed an anatomical arch structure. Abnormal development may be symptomatic of a medical condition – such as Cerebral Palsy – or simply an inherited condition. Excessive foot pronation, which usually occurs with flat feet, can have a knock-on effect, contributing to foot pain and foot problems such as tibialis posterior dysfunction, hallux valgus (bunion), metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of your foot) and plantar fasciitis (policeman’s heel). It can also contribute to developing tightness in the calf muscles which can lead to gait deviations and medical conditions, such as Sever's disease.
We will assess your child's complete lower limb alignment and general posture. If appropriate, Bespoke Foot Orthotics may be prescribed to ease pain and to ensure that other symptoms do not develop because of your child's flat feet. We will design the orthotics and provide advice with the objective of helping your child to grow in correct alignment, therefore reducing future orthopaedic problems.