Flat feet in youngsters is common and the majority of of the time it's not at all a concern, so this leads to a great deal of debate concerning if this is a normal deviation of no consequence or is the start of an issue which needs to be taken care of. We have witnessed a number of debates over this online and at conferences, but with no actual general opinion. There are passionately held opinions for both sides of the controversy. An episode of the podiatry chat show, PodChatLive had been about talking about this issue. PodChatLive is a weekly live with two hosts that talk about a different issue each month having a different expert or number of guests that is broadcast live on Facebook and then the edited version is put into YouTube as well as the audio version is made available as a podcast. They have got a fairly large following within podiatry and people interested in the topics that they examine.
In the last episode on paediatric flat feet the hosts talked to investigator, lecturer and private podiatrist Helen Banwell with regards to the controversy and concerns with regards to the symptomatic Vs asymptomatic flat feet in kids and in addition pointed out her views when you should treat versus when not to. They discussed the importance of inquiring concerning family history with regard to making that decision. Additionally, they spoke of traditional as opposed to surgical management and how to handle concerned and anxious mothers and fathers when informing to treat or not treat. They also layed out the foot orthoses prescription practices for the young individual with flat feet. Helen Banwell is a teacher in podiatry as well as an Academic Integrity Officer for the School of Health Sciences, and Associate Director for the international Centre of Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Helen is a founding part of Making Strides which is a web based collaboration for anyone employed in foot and lower leg development analysis. Helen has been a lecturer in podiatry at UniSA since 1999, instructing paediatric theory and practical in addition to introducing 2nd year podiatry students into their clinics.