Flat feet is a term for feet which press flat on the ground.
Before the age of 3, all children have flat feet. The arch on the inside of the foot develops later.
Most children with flat feet do not have any pain. Flat feet do not restrict activity levels. Normally flat feet disappear as the feet become less flexible and the arches develop.
For children who do not develop an arch, treatment is not recommended unless the foot is stiff and painful.
Flat feet are usually treated by wearing shoes with a firm heel counter, fastenings and a firm, flexible sole to support the foot. Insoles (orthoses) may help to support and align the foot. Exercises for muscle weakness and tightness can also help.
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