Comprehensive care for our children is essential, but it’s a big misstep if the care doesn’t include foot health as well! We understand there’s a lot to keep track of when it comes to pediatric doctor’s appointments, but identifying and addressing potential foot issues early on is an important part of their overall development.

The experts at Feet First Foot Care Specialists are here for the whole family when it comes to diagnosing podiatric conditions and have put together crucial information regarding two common pediatric podiatry issues: Flat feet and in-toeing.

Flat Feet

The main symptom of flat feet is the absence of an arch, where the middle of the foot touches the ground. There are a few potential causes, including tight Achilles tendons, issues with bone formation, or problems with the muscle.

While this condition is common amongst young children, most kids grow out of the condition over time. However, pain may ensue if the flat feet are linked to tight tendons or bone issues. Podiatrists can step in to assist by:

  • Helping choose custom orthotic inserts that provide added support.
  • Providing information regarding optimal daily footwear that will alleviate pain when walking.
  • Recommending certain exercises and stretching techniques that strengthen the foot overall and help to build the arch.


With this condition, children walk with their toes pointed inward due to one of three conditions: The curvature of the foot, a twisted tibia, or an inward twist in the thigh bone. Just like with flat feet, most children will grow out of this condition as well, but it may require medical evaluation and treatment if there are developmental delays in walking or noticeable gait abnormalities. Podiatrists can help with:

  • Advising on the best type of footwear for your child so they have added support.
  • Stretches and exercises to alleviate the condition.
  • Providing leg braces for more severe cases.

If your child is experiencing these conditions, it’s important they visit a podiatrist for an evaluation. Dr. Adam Mucinskas and the team at Feet First Foot Care Specialists are here to help make sure your child is on the right track! Call our office at 860-632-5499 or click here to schedule your appointment.

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