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By Henry Slomowitz DPM
July 10, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: flat feet   Children  

Find out more about flat feet and whether your child might require proper medical care.Children's Flat Feet


Did you know that all children are born with flat feet? However, as your child gets older (typically around the age of 5 or 6 years old) arches will begin to develop. Of course, if your child is complaining of pain or other issues and you are concerned about flat feet here are some things to look for and what you can expect when you visit our Paterson and Paramus, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Henry Slomowitz.


How can you tell if your child has flat feet?
There are two different kinds of flat feet: flexible and rigid. If a child has a flexible flat foot, arches may appear whenever your child lets feet dangle naturally or when standing on tiptoes. Flexible flat feet are really nothing to worry about and won’t require treatment.
A rigid flat foot, while ​rare, can also cause issues for your child. In children with a rigid flatfoot, you won’t be able to see arches at all even if they stand on their toes. If your child is complaining of pain in a very specific area of the foot rather than an overall aching sensation, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Paterson and Paramus podiatrist.


How are flat feet diagnosed?
First thing is first; we will need to examine your child’s feet. After all, this is the easiest way to tell whether your child could be suffering from flat feet or if there is potentially another issue that could be causing them pain. As they sit we will check their feet to see if arches appear. We will also check the function and mobility of joints in your little one’s feet and ankles.
If the ankle has limited mobility this could be due to a shortened Achilles tendon, which could be the reason for your child’s flexible flat feet. Of course, if your child isn’t experiencing any discomfort from their flat feet, treatment usually won’t be necessary.


How is flatfoot-related pain treated?
If a child is in pain, we can recommend specific shoes that can help provide the arch support they need for certain activities. We can also prescribe orthotics to help provide more stability and cushioning for their feet. Through these simple measures, you’ll find that most symptoms of flat feet will eventually go away.
Our podiatry office is happy to offer two convenient locations in both Paterson and Paramus, NJ, to provide both the Ridgewood and Hackensack areas with the foot care they need. Call us today if you have questions about the health of your children’s feet.

TV newsreader Chris Bath when she was a young girl as a dancerWhile Chris Bath was forced to stop dancing ballet as a young girl due to knock-knees and flat feet, today the Seven Sunday Night host is still supporting her love for dance. Through her role as the new ambassador of Form Dance Projects in Parramatta, Bath is backing a push from local business and creative leaders to create an artistic hub in the city. Fourteen years ago, Form Dance Projects began as a community outreach center; today it is looking to accommodate its 800 dancers, choreographers, and school students.

“I loved dancing, but was not anatomically made for it so I had no turnout, my knees always wanted to knock in and my feet were also flat,” says Bath. “I realized at age 12 when my teacher told me, but I refused to give in. This is the great thing about Form, it’s not just dancing—there are opportunities to become involved in workshops, choreography, special artistic projects.”

Flat feet can be a debilitating condition. If you have flat feet contact podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can discuss with you several options to help alleviate the problems of flat feet or other podiatric conditions.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area.
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe.
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
  • Flat look to one or both feet.
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.

To learn more about flat feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Flat Feet

By gary@hurtheel.com
April 17, 2013
Category: Foot Conditions

Flat Foot36 year old Chilhwan Kim of West Harbour, New Zealand is afflicted with flat feet. As a result, Kim deals with excessive pain when walking or standing for long periods of time.

As he completes a Master’s degree in osteopathy, Kim searches for answers and through research hoping to find a solution to flat feet. “The primary treatment options for flat feet are limited to wearing corrective shoes, but there is manual therapy and exercise available for long term improvement,” Kim believes there is no long-term solution. “In our treatment we use balance ligament tension which is related to balancing out ligament problems. I was thinking that treatment could help more long-term,” he said.

Having flat-feet can lead to complications down the road. If you think you have flat feet you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz will diagnose any foot conditions you may have as well as provide you with a range of treatment options.

What are Flat Feet?

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area.
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe.
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
  • Flat look to one or both feet.
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.

For more information on the treatment of flat feet, visit our link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Paterson and Paramus, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment services for all your podiatric needs.

Read more on Flat-feet.

Flat feet in children should not be considered a cosmetic problem. There are many reasons for  this condition. I will speak of these different causes in a later blog. Have you ever walked in dry sand? It feels comfortable for the first few steps but after that it becomes exhausting. The reason being is that the sand absorbs all of your energy as you step down. The same thing happens with a child with a flat foot (sometimes called pes planus). The foot absorbs too much energy to allow the child to propel foward. For the child it is like walking uphill all the time. Complaints of  "I am tired" , "can you carry me" are common. Custom made orthotics are a simple yet effective treatment for this problem.

 



 

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