Are you worried about your child's feet?..
OK, a couple of things you should know first..
Flat feet are normal in a toddler;... as they get older the tendons in the foot strengthen and tighten to form the medial longitudinal arch, often by the age of three to six.
Some never fully develop this arch in the foot, most often due to poor footwear, so they develop Flexible Flat Feet.
A childhood disease or injury could result in Rigid Flat Feet.
Call us if you are concerned about the correct footwear for your little one
Or if they have had an illness or injury....
A natural gait then develops in a child once they being to walk, and then run. If the child is left to move barefoot or in moccasin-type unsupportive footwear their gait will not be disrupted by external means. When they walk they will quietly land and roll off their foot and when they run they will naturally land mid or forefoot, efficiently dispersing shock and generating power, strength, and balance.
A child who moves with modern-day shoes or braces (orthotics) will always alter their gait abnormally. It is very awkward for them and their proprioception (body position) and kinesthetic sense (nervous system response to “feeling” the ground) are hindered. Ligament laxity and tibialis posterior muscle weakness can and does often occur resulting in Flexible Flat Foot.
As you can see, optimum foot development occurs barefoot.