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Flat feet (often referred to as pronated feet) do not show an arch when standing. At first all babies and young children’s feet appear flat. The ankles also appear as if they are falling inwards. This is a normal stage in foot development and does not interfere with a child’s ability to learn to walk.
Flat feet in children is a normal part of a child's development and does not require referral into Orthopaedics. Please manage in Primary Care with advice, encouragement and self-management.
The advice in this pathway applies to patients up to musculoskeletal maturity at approximately 18 years of age
If additional support is required to manage the problem, Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) provides foot and ankle services in Gloucestershire.
The main entry point for foot and ankle services is via Core services, accessed via the online self-referral form, (click here for printable link), which the patient can complete themselves if able to and willing.