Treatment for pediatric pes planus debated

By Maureen Leahy

POSNA examines role of subtalar arthroereisis

Pes planus, or flexible flatfoot, is often left untreated in children because most eventually outgrow the condition. In some children, however, the condition persists and may be associated with considerable pain. When conservative treatment fails, surgical intervention, such as subtalar arthroereisis, may be indicated. Presenters at the 2011 Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Specialty Day program debated the role of subtalar arthroereisis in the treatment of pediatric pes planus.

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