Get Flat Feet Checked Out

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You may wonder why it matters if you have flat feet, but at FL Foot Health we know that patients with fallen arches may eventually suffer from ankle, knee or low back pain as well as other foot problems. Flat foot is a structural deformity that alters the correct position of your foot. This in turn impacts the way you bear weight and has an affect on the rest of your foot, sometimes causing heel pain or plantar fasciitis, tendonitis and arthritis. Although some cases of flat foot start in childhood or adolescence and worsen as you age, there are other types of flat foot that occur in adulthood. Some common causes of fallen arches include:

  • Heredity

  • Trauma or injury

  • Arthritis

  • Musculoskeletal disorders

  • Obesity

Diagnosis and Treatment

Even if you are not currently experiencing pain, it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist evaluate your flat feet. (Don’t have a podiatrist? Our online directory can help you find a qualified foot doctor in your area.) The podiatrist will do a complete physical examination of your feet and a gait analysis. He or she may also order x-rays or other imaging studies of your foot.

The treatment for flat foot will depend on how much discomfort you are experiencing and the cause of the deformity. The foot doctor may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Changes in footwear

  • Losing weight

  • Custom orthotic device for your shoes

  • Physical therapy

  • Medications to relieve inflammation and pain

When conservative treatment methods fail to bring relief, surgery may be an option. There are multiple surgical techniques used to correct flat foot. The podiatrist will choose the type that will best relieve your symptoms and improve the function of your foot.

As with most podiatric pain, it’s best to not put off seeking treatment for flat foot. To learn more about this and other foot and ankle conditions, contact us and consider subscribing to our free e-newsletter.