Open House Pediatric Orthopaedics September 23, 2023

18082023 Pediatric Orthopaedics Open Day 23 September 2023

Free Open Day with Focus on the Prevention and Care of Flat Feet in Children

UPMC Salvator Mundi International Hospital organizes an Open Day dedicated to the health of children. In particular, the day will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of flat feet. This common condition is considered physiological in the early years of life, and, in most cases, can resolve spontaneously at around 6-7 years of age. However, if the condition persists and does not resolve on its own, other related problems may present and appropriate therapy may be required.

If you suspect that your son or daughter may be suffering from this condition, or if a first diagnosis has already been made and you want to obtain a second opinion, we look forward to seeing you at our Open Day:

  • Saturday, September 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Don't let flat feet affect your child's health: book your appointment online by clicking here or by calling +39 06 588 96 800.

We look forward to seeing you with Dr. Alfredo Orefice, a surgeon specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, expert in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions, also in pediatric patients. Dr. Orefice will be able to make an initial diagnosis or provide a second opinion and indicate the most suitable therapeutic option.

If your son or daughter has already had diagnostic tests related to this condition or other orthopaedic issues, bring the test results with you.

Facts About Flat Feet in Children

Flat feet are characterized by the flattening of the plantar vault and is completely normal in children up to 6-7 years of age. However, if the condition does not resolve with growth, it can become a disease requiring treatment, sometimes an orthopaedic surgery procedure. Fortunately, this type of surgery is often minimally invasive, with a quick recovery.

In most cases, flat feet do not cause discomfort, but if symptoms occur, the most common are:

  • Inflammation, swelling and pain in the ankle, heel or arch.
  • Imbalance.
  • Discomfort or difficulty putting on shoes.
  • Back and leg pain.

It is important to be aware of these signs and to closely monitor your child's behavior with regard to walking and physical activity. If you notice one or more of these symptoms persist, it is important to consult a pediatric orthopaedics specialist for an accurate assessment.