Flat feet

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Your child has flat feet. Should you be concerned? It is really a question of flat feet versus fat feet. There is no arch to speak of until about the age of eight because the muscles really have not developed. You are not going to see a six pack pair of abs on a child who is developing because the muscles have not developed yet, same thing with the foot. So what you are really looking for is their foot in line with their leg and in line with the rest of their body or are you worried about the fact that it just looks like there is no arch? There is no arch to speak of, so you are not going to find one. Do not try and look for it. More of a concern is does it look like your child´s foot is rolling in, rolling out? Do they look funny when they walk to you? If they do not look like they are walking right to you, that is when you should get it checked out. That is more important than whether you see an arch because you are not going to see an arch. There is really nothing to see at that point.

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Dr. Blumofe was born and raised in Skokie, Illinois. Later he attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his undergraduate studies in 1996, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He then attended Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University in Chicago, where he received a second Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 1998, and his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine in 2001. Dr. Blumofe's residency was completed at the St. John Detroit Riverview Medical Center in Michigan, which is affiliated with the Kirkside Osteopathic Medical School. The following year he continued his post-graduate training with a two-year surgical fellowship in Long Beach, Calif. His main responsibilities included patient care, diabetic foot and wound care and surgical procedures of the foot and ankle, as well as teaching podiatric residents.

Dr. Blumofe's specialties include diabetic wound care, podiatric medicine, neuropathy, limb salvage, cosmetic foot surgery and sports medicine. He attributes his passion for helping diabetics regain and maintain a more normal life to the experience he had in seeing his mother and his grandfather deal with the realities of the condition. Often, Dr. Blumofe is known to say to his patients that "diabetes is NOT a disease, it is a lifestyle change".

When Dr Blumofe is not working (all four hours of the day that remain), he spends time helping his wife, Sandy, raise their three children Abby, Joey, and Rachel. Dr Blumofe holds a 1st degree Black Belt (ShoDan) in the Jinenkan Martial Arts (though has since retired!)

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