“Children start walking at a young age on a wide support base, so their feet are abducted, – they go out-, to have greater gait stability. Over time, their motor skills develop.

The most common problems faced by parents and children in childhood are problems related to the morphology of the foot, such as:

-Flatfoot:  Flatfoot: There is a lack of the arch of the foot. By the age of 4, children have flat feet because the arch of the foot has not developed. “Here we are mainly interested in whether the child’s heel goes outwards or inwards (flexibility or tenderness) in combination with flat feet.

“This is something that needs to be monitored. It is also interesting if the flat foot is flexible or rigid “”, we point out that the flat foot is corrected either by conservative methods in some cases, special soles that are made after a flat foot and proper shoes, or surgically with a new method of very low invasiveness with incision just 2 cm that the child can walk immediately to without having to stay in the hospital (leaves the same day) is indicated in children over 10 years and in adults.

“This improves gait, chronic fatigue in the lower extremities and often pain in the knees and waist due to improper support of the body due to flat feet. In addition, with the reconstruction of the foot arch, we gain 1-2 cm in height. The lower extremities need a proper anatomical position, without trapping them ”

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Dr Badekas Athanasios

Athanasios Badekas is the Scientific Officer of the Orthopedic Department of the ORTHO REHAB CENTER, which is housed in the center of Glyfada. Our space, recently completely renovated, has been created in such a way as to meet the needs of our doctors and to offer a friendly and functional environment to our patients.


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