Flat Feet

Explore how we can assist you in finding relief from flat feet, a common condition affecting millions of individuals in the United States. Flat feet, also known as fallen arches or pes planus, occur when the natural arch of the foot collapses, leading to various degrees of discomfort or pain for some individuals.

Understanding Flat Feet
Flat feet can develop at birth or during childhood due to growth-related issues, but they can also result from injury or age-related wear and tear. While some people experience little to no discomfort, others may suffer from chronic foot pain due to inadequate arch support.

Diagnosis and Testing
A simple wet test, where one walks on a flat surface after wetting the feet to observe the imprints, can indicate the presence of flat feet. However, a complete diagnosis requires evaluation by a foot and ankle surgeon or podiatrist, who may conduct specific tests and imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans to confirm the condition and rule out other related issues.

Causes and Contributing Factors
Flat feet can result from congenital deformities, broken or deformed bones, torn tendons, inflammation, or underlying health conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Factors such as pregnancy, age-related changes, and nerve conditions can also contribute to fallen arches.

Symptoms and Treatment Options
Symptoms of flat feet include tired feet, lower back pain, discomfort, difficulty with foot movement, and visible swelling or redness. Treatment options range from shoe inserts and orthotics to physical therapy exercises aimed at strengthening muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Surgery may be considered for related problems affecting arches, although it is not typically recommended solely for flat feet.

Prevention and Management
While flat feet cannot always be prevented, wearing supportive shoes, maintaining a healthy weight, and performing exercises to strengthen arches can help manage symptoms and prevent further damage. Consulting with a podiatrist can provide personalized recommendations for addressing flat feet and alleviating associated discomfort.

Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and tailored treatment plans to help individuals with flat feet find relief and improve their quality of life.