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When should I see a doctor about my child's flat feet?

For a small portion of children, foot arches never develop, which is a condition called pediatric flat feet. Some children with flat feet are able to accommodate their condition quite well. These cases—called asymptomatic flat feet—will likely never require treatment. However, if children develop pain, tenderness or cramping in the feet, legs and knees, or if they find difficulty walking, wearing shoes or participating in activities, they likely have symptomatic flat feet. In these cases, medical advice and treatment should be sought as flat feet can interfere with quality of life.

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