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Description of the Symptom

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Flat feet, whether rigid or flexible, are defined as having an abnormally low medial longitudinal arch. Flat feet often present symmetric bilaterally, though one side might be slightly more affected than the other. This chapter describes possible causes of flat feet in a child.

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Special Concerns

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  • Post-traumatic changes in lower extremity alignment or a painful limp

  • Progressive limp leading to refusal to walk with or without pain

  • Grossly asymmetric presentation of lower extremity alignment

  • History of multiple fractures

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CHAPTER PREVIEW: Conditions That May Lead to Flat Feet in a Child
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Common Ages at Which Flat Feet Present in a Child

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