I have been told by several people that my 2YO DD1 has them but the podiatrist who was highly recommended to me advised not to bother seeking treatment, saying that they are no longer considered a big deal, that no one does anythign about them until the teens and then insoles are prescribed.
But a friend whose daughter had them was able (10 years ago?) to get treatment (insoles, particular shoes) that managed to fix the problem in her three year old.
It feels wrong to do nothing if the problem can be reversed by intervening now... flat feet are common in my family and they are not awful, but not great either. And a lady in Clarks warned that it would cause discomfort without DD1 being able to explain while she was unhappy.
Hmm, not what my podiatrist said! I was told they tend not to do anything until they are 5. I severely over pronate and I can tell you it is so bloody painful all over my body if I don't ear my insoles. My DS def has them too (he is just 3) and his knees are together when he stands and feet rolled in. Will see how he goes for now. My nephew got insoles when he was about 7 or 8
My ds age 7 has flat feet. He has had inner soles since the age of 3. In some children it does self correct but if they are still flat by approx 7 yrs then they will stay flat. I was told that the inner soles would help to correct the position of the foot in the hope that it would correct. As i said it hasnt for me but i am keen he has inner soles as my sister has severe knee problems as hers was not treated as a child.
ds (5) has flat feet and I've known since he was 2 or 3 but as it can be developmental the gp's wouldnt refer till he was 5. He was 5 a few months ago and I took him back. by this time he was complaining of pain when walking and was really tired at school so I did insist on a referral for assessment. We're lucky Alder hey is close by.
The chiropodist there assessed him - it took him 2 seconds to diagnose him as his fingers are double jointed. Apparently this is a tell tale sign.
He now has insoles and loves them as he is painfree. Flat feet uncorrected cause pressure on the ankles knees hips and shoulders. So my experience is not to give up - if there is any pain when he is walking insist on a referral. hth.
We've always known dd1 had flat feet but GP's said they'd look at it when she was about 5. Recently had an appt with hospital podiatrist who confirmed this.
She said she was happy to give insoles if we wanted but since dd1 wasn't complaining of any pain then she'd be fixing a problem that didn't exist. I did question whether not correcting it would be setting her up for future problems.
She's going to have an annual review is how we've left it.
Can I add I have had the most incredibly painful shoulder for years, keeps me awake at night etc. My pelvis is out. Only last year did my doc ask to look at my feet and watch me walk across the room and sorted the problem out in a jiffy! If pain occurs from it is HORRIBLE I can tell you! I also have a slight build up inside one shoe (can't see it) to compensate for my pelvis.
In the summer I wore sandals and no insoles and had hard skin on my arch - right up high on the side of my foot! my roll is that bad Oh and my knees knock - not good! They filmed me walking - that was embarassing I can tell you lol.
Apologies everyone that t has taken so long for me to come back and say: thanks v much. Am reassured that it will probably correct - but am going to keep on this, as don't want to put her through the pain you describe ...