Your kid’s feet are flat. You’ll notice this just like the paediatrician will. What you should know is that this is nothing to worry about. However, it’s best to take some steps to help them relax and get rid of knee pain when walking or running.
Signs your kid has flat feet
If your kid has flat feet, they won’t be able to run as easily as other kids.
Watch out if they’re less than 5 years old. Most kids can’t run properly before this age. Ask a specialist to make sure.
If they’re older than 5, to know if they have flat feet, ask them how they feel when they’re running. They may let you know it bothers them or causes them pain.
Try to run with them at home with small steps. Show them how you do it and teach them to use their knees and feet properly for this purpose. You can turn it into a game so they’ll enjoy it.
Watch the soles of their feet. They may have red skin. This indicates that they have flat feet, as they rub constantly against the bottom of their shoes.
The answer is to buy them special shoes, provided that they’re not too hard and that they’re light.
It’s also better to let them walk barefoot whenever they can, whether at home, on grass or on sand.
When your kid has flat feet, they may feel pain in their knees after walking of running.
In this case, warn them not to sit like a frog; bending their knees with their lower legs beneath their thighs. This position will increase their pain.
Advise them to sit cross-legged; yoga-style.
Let them participate in activities that help them move their knees, like riding a bicycle or swimming.
Of course, don’t force them to make any move they can’t make because it causes them pain. Rest is also useful in this context.