University Foot and Ankle Institute is an internationally-recognized leading organization for the treatment of foot and ankle problems. Our team of foot and ankle specialists comprehensively treat all foot and ankle problems from simple achilles tendonitis, bunions, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, neuroma pain, ankle sprains and fractures to the most complex reconstructive surgery and limb salvage of the foot and ankle.
Pediatric flat feet are a common and usually non surgical problem. The main problem with flat feet in children is that they may have pain during exercise and may develop problems with their feet, knees and back. The most common treatment conservative treatment options are stretching exercises to decrease stiffness and stress on the foot and to use custom molded orthotics for added stability and decreased stress on the abnormal regions of the foot.
In certain cases of severe collapse, flat feet may require surgical correction. The type of surgery is dependant on the level of deformity and the differing position of the deformity. The most common corrections require repositioning of the heel and lengthening of a calf tendon to realign the foot and increase the arch height. In certain cases, a simple implant procedure may be used to correct the arch much like an internal orthotic.
|X-ray showing a flat foot in a child. Notice the collapsed arch.|
X-ray showing the use of the implant that stops the rotation of the joint that flattens the arch.
In other cases the outside of the foot can be lengthened by adding length to the heel bone to raise the arch. A cut is made into the heel bone and a bone graft is placed into the heel bone.
|Collapsed arch with poor midfoot alignment and lateral shift of hte forefoot to the hindfoot||Realignemnt of foot and arch raised with opening wedge bond grafting of the heel bone (yellow arrow). Note realignment of foot.|
The Foot and Ankle Institute specializes in the treatment of pediatric flat feet. In most cases, conservative measures are used to relieve pain and control motion. If surgery is necessary, we up to date on the latest state of the art techniques and procedures to correct from the most simple to the most complicated deformities. Our Podiatrists, surgeons and physical therapists are the very best in California. Request an appointment with a doctor at our Los Angeles or other Southern California offices.