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By Clark Podiatry Center
February 21, 2016
Tags: Flat Feet  

Usually patients with flat feet know that they have this condition, but if you're not sure try this easy test.

Stand on a firm surface like a sidewalk or bathroom tile, or a piece of newsprint with wet feet. Check your footprint: does the full outline of your foot appear? If yes, you probably have flat feet.

Flat feet begins sometime during childhood when the foot's arch doesn't properly develop. When weight is put on the foot, the arch flattens completely and the entire bottom of your foot will touch the ground with each step.

Causes and Complications of Flat Feet

Often flat feet runs in families. This condition may also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, nerve problems or damaged tendons. Sometimes injury can cause the arches to flatten, or in some individuals flat feet just come with age.

Some patients with flat feet have no symptoms. But many suffer from:

  • Aching and pain in the arches and heels
  • Swollen soles
  • Hip, leg and back pain
  • Foot fatigue
  • Trouble standing on the toes

The arches of your feet play an important part in protecting the legs by absorbing force during weight-bearing activities. Your foot will show a moderate arch when the tendons of the foot pull together in the right way.

But when the arches have fallen or collapsed, walking can be painful. Individuals with flat feet tend to overpronate, which means that they roll the foot too far inward when walking. This overpronation can stretch the plantar fascia on your soles and can strain your ankle, causing pain in the midfoot, heel and ankle.

Diagnosing and Treating Flat Feet

If you suspect that you or your child has flat feet, please come visit us at Clark Podiatry Center. We will first assess your overall foot, ankle and leg health and examine your arches. Our approach will be to focus on non-invasive treatments including:

  • Custom-fitted orthotics to stabilize the arch in order to control your foot motion and more efficiently distribute your body weight.
  • Physical therapy exercises to strengthen the arch's supporting tissues.
  • Immobilizing the foot with supportive taping or bracing and allowing it to rest to heal inflamed or damaged tendons.
  • Icing and compressing to reduce inflammation.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Switching to sturdy, supportive shoes.

Surgery may be required in severe cases to correct misalignment or repair any torn tissue.

Our goal will be to return you to your normal activities once you are pain free. However, patients with flat feet should always avoid high-impact sports and running on hard surfaces.

We Can Help Relieve the Pain from Flat Feet

Please call our Clark office at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website to schedule an appointment. There are solutions available to relieve flat feet discomfort. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist will discuss treatment options for your unique foot health as well as shoe suggestions to keep you pain free.

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