High and Low Arched Feet

High Arched Foot-Type

(The Supinator)

High arches are less common in society but can also cause problems with the lower limb alignment with walking and running biomechanics of the rest of the body. A child that presents with a high arch or feet that roll out can increase the risk of injuries such as ankle sprains and fractures. If the child’s foot rolls outwards, it makes the foot stiff and potentially less stable to stand evenly. Early screening to detect excessive supination, common in this foot type is crucial to injury prevention and alleviating poor posture later in a child’s life.

Low Arched Foot-Type

(The Pronator)

This very common condition seen at Sole Therapy and it refers to when the arch or instep of your childs foot is flat or less curved or low. Flat feet usually resolves by the time the child is 3 to 4 years of age when the arch begins to develop. If however, your child still has ‘flat feet’ or is getting leg pains at night, it is important to get this evaluated by our podiatrists. Most Children with flat feet will have no symptoms. Children having trouble participating in physical activities or sports, or appear to walk or run awkwardly should be screened by our Podiatrist’s. Early screening is crucial in detecting the common cause of flat feet that of Foot Pronation. Although your child may grow up to have a flat feet or low arches excessive pronation can later contribute to foot, ankle, leg, knee, hip and lower back pains with such an unsupported posture which can be corrected.

Early Screening is crucial to your child’s foot development

The best time to get your child’s foot assessed  is between the ages of 3-7 when their arch is still forming. If treatment is conducted early the child’s foot posture can change to optimal levels of supination or pronation before the foot arch is fully developed between 7-9.