Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Portia | 2009/11/30


18 month old Flat Feet

My son is 18 months old and I' ve noticed that he has very flat feet. There seem to be no arch in the bottom of his feet. Also he seems to be walking on his toes barefeet and with shoes on. In some cases he does walk and run properly with his feet flat on the ground, but majority times it' s walking on his toes that has me concerned plus the flat feet. Is there a need to be concerned or have it checked out please?

Expert's Reply



This is very common. Make sure that the inside soles of his shoes have good arch supports and are not simply flat.Toe walking is common in children up to about 18 months who are learning to walk. This can go on to about 2 years and then the child simply stops toe walking. If your son is still toe walking at 2 years he should be seen by his paediatrician.If he still has flat feet this should also be brought to the paediatrician's attention at the same time.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009/11/30

Not all children toe walk. It seems to be a problem related to using walking rings. Probably a good idea to see the paed, especially if it doesn' t stop soon, as if there is a problem, the earlier you get treatment the better.

The book What to Expect the Toddler Years says that children don' t start developing foot arches until after 18 months or later and that foot supports are not needed.

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