Children with Flat Feet

While flat feet can cause vast problems for adults, flat feet in kids age seven and younger is not a concern, in most cases.

We usually do not develop arches until around age three or four, and sometimes the arch won’t be detectable until first grade. Instead, young kids have a large pad of fat where the arch would normally be, which protects their feet from injury.

But In Some Cases...

In some cases, kids never develop that arch and need to be evaluated by a podiatrist to avoid future problems. It might be that there are problems with the hip or knee. Sometimes the foot bones are joined together and can’t move, which is painful.

Treatments for Pediatric Flat Foot

When a child is diagnosed with flat feet, there are several things we can do to help relieve any pain and promote normal growth. These might include:

  • Wearing a heel cup,
  • Shoe insert or orthotic,
  • Wearing more supportive shoes,
  • Special exercises and
  • Resting to relieve the pain.

Shoe Shopping Tip

We also recommend that you shop at a shoe store where the staff is trained on how to properly fit shoes for children. Poorly fitted shoes can actually hinder the normal growth of their feet. It’s also a great idea to let them just go barefoot when it’s appropriate, which is the best for developing coordination and strength.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

Team Wade 24

Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

Heather Purvis

Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.