Flat feet is a change in the foot shape when the entire foot surface touches the floor. In the case of flat feet, a child often has overload pains in feet, legs, and knee joints during long walks, while standing, and after playing sports. How can you determine at home if your child has such a pathology? Here are some tips, keep on reading!
Put some cream or oil on the child’s foot, then put the foot on a piece of paper. Check the resulting print.
Normally, there is a notch along the inner edge of the foot, which takes more than half of the foot in the middle. If your child has other print, you need to consult an orthopedist. In the picture, you can see a footprint with flat feet from the 1st to the 3rd degree. If you see that your child has the abnormal print after the test, we recommend that you contact a specialist. If this is not done, then in adulthood, flat feet will become a real problem with the following symptoms:
- foot pain after physical exertion (the first stage of the disease);
- in the evening the feet get tired and swollen. In several cases (second stage), the entire leg up to the knee joint will be in
pain. At the third stage, the lower back begins to hurt, and walking (in shoes, of course) becomes very painful. Leg pains can be combined with persistent headaches;
- the leg seems to have grown up - a person has to buy shoes one size larger;
- the foot has become so wide that a person doesn’t fit into his favorite shoes anymore;
- the choice of shoes turns into a challenge since most models cause pain while wearing them;
- heels of the shoes wear down very fast.
Consequences of flat feet:
- calluses and corns,
- thickening of the feet skin,
- hallux valgus,
- curvature of the fingers,
- deformation of nails.