1. Pain in the ankles and / or feet
If your child is saying they are experiencing pain in their ankles or feet and they have a reduced arch or no arches in their feet, it’s a good indication they have flat feet.
2. Ankles turning excessively inwards (Over Pronated Ankles)
Over pronation can lead to reduced stability in the ankle. This can cause strain on their hips, back, legs, knees, and of course, their feet. Children who have overpronated ankles tend to also have flat feet.
3. Pain in the heel or sole of the foot (Plantar Fasciitis)
If your child reports a pulling feeling between their heel and their toes, it may be an indication of flat feet and Plantar Fasciitis. If your child is sporty then it is important to have an effective exercise program as well as addressing the underlying issue with possible foot support.
4. Problems with walking or not taking part in activities
If your child informs you that their feet or ankles are sore after walking around at school or when doing sports, be sure to rule out any significant injuries before looking at flat feet as a cause of pain.
If your child reports these symptoms, it is important to address them.