Yes. Flat feet in children are common. In fact, all children have flat feet until the age of 5 or 6 when the arch develops. Many times “flat feet” are not painful. However, if your child is having pain, is clumsy when running, or chooses to sit on the side lines when others are playing, then that might be a sign of a problem. Also, if you see your child’s ankles “rolling in” (especially when viewed from behind), then you should have him/her examined. Often times, doctors will prescribe orthotic devices (custom made inserts) to be worn in the shoe to help realign the bones and joints of the foot. This allows the foot to mature in a good position. In rare instances, your child may need reconstructive surgery. Our 1Foot 2Foot podiatrists have extensive training in reconstructive flatfoot surgery.