Dr Michael Perlstein, D.A.B.P.O. Podiatrist, Talks about Flat Feet
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Male Speaker: Every baby is born I tell the parents they will probably have flatfeet newborn, but probably won't have it later in life. When do you look at a child's feet, and you say this is a flatfoot that's going to give you problem and when would be concerned about it? Male Speaker: The general feeling at this time is that children of approximately four or four-and-a-half years old, if they are still walking with some what we call gait abnormality, the pediatrician could evaluate the child, watch how they are walking, if they are tolling in or tolling out or their ankle is actually literally lying on the floor, they're having balance issues and the pediatrician says that there is a problem. So roughly at four years old will not come into play and evaluating the person, sometimes they need X-Ray, sometimes not, and then we fabricate an orthotic if necessary to actually help them walk better, better support their feet and just have them develop a normal gait. Male Speaker: Well, orthotic I know is, but we should maybe explain what orthotic is. Male Speaker: Orthotics are generally classic devices that are shaped to realign the foot structure and support them, so that they can walk better and straighter and hopefully not develop any problems when they get older such as arthritis or the deformities. Male Speaker: The pain from flatfeet, is that in the feet or the back, the calf area? Male Speaker: Most of the time flatfeet do not hurt children, the small children four-five years old. It's usually the parents or the grandparents who're bringing the child where they are complaining of them having aches or pains or not walking properly. So flatfeet generally do not hurt except in the adult or the older child.