Flat Feet

What is it?

It is common for children to have flat feet. The inner arch in feet may not develop until five to six years.

Frequent falls due to flat feet is common in children under four years and physiotherapy is not required.

What you can do

Walking on uneven surfaces (sand, wood chippings, grass, slopes), walking along balance beams and stepping stones help develop foot and ankle muscles needed for balance.

Children should also wear shoes which offer support rather than those which are not width fitted and may slip off more readily such as wellies and crocs.


A referral from your GP to podiatry may be appropriate for assessment of foot posture if the flat foot is severe and causing pain

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Page last reviewed: 31 August, 2021