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Are flat feet in kids normal?

Yes and no. Almost all children are born with feet that are flat and floppy. They make a full footprint on the ink pad impression that we have all seen. This condition normally continues for the first three years of life. After the age of 3, the foot starts to change and develop an arch. If you have a 7 year old and the feet still make a full foot print on the ground when the feet are wet you may have a problem. Get a good opinion of what is going on. A word of caution: MANY doctors will tell parents “Little Tommy will grow out of it,” but that has not been true in clinical research. After age 6 or 7 the alignment of the foot and leg don’t seem to improve very much.