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Flat Foot Problem and Surgery in Children

The problem of flat feet, which can be described as the decrease or disappearance of the inner arch of the foot (medial longitudinal arch) while standing or walking, is one of the foot problems that worry families in childhood and adolescence. This problem, which can be observed physiologically in many children up to the age of 5 and does not usually indicate any obvious pathology, decreases and disappears with age. When it continues to be observed from the age of 8 years, the need for surgical correction arises from time to time.

It is possible to divide the flat-feet problem, which is not physiologically flat-feet and observed in advanced ages, into two as flexible and hard flat-feet. While observation and exercise therapy are sufficient in most cases with flexible flat feet, there is often another underlying musculoskeletal pathology in cases with rigid flat feet and surgical intervention is required in these cases. You are watching here the follow-up radiographs of two cases that we operated with a surgical modification that we published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics in 2016.