How are flat feet in children treated?

In some cases, surgery is needed to relieve flat feet symptoms in children and improve foot function. The exact procedure will depend on the child and his or her type of flat feet.

For most cases, nonsurgical approaches are best, often starting with activity modification. This could mean cutting down on time playing sports or avoiding prolonged periods of standing.

To help children with their daily activities, a wide range of orthotic accessories—such as shoe inserts—are available. Your doctor can also recommend styles and brands of shoes that can help ease flat feet. In some cases, custom orthotic devices can be created that support the structure of the foot and improve function.

Ongoing support measures can include physical therapy, where children can work with a therapist on stretching exercises that provide relief for flat feet. Certain medications, ranging from ibuprofen to prescription medications, can also reduce pain and inflammation.

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