Flat Feet (Care)
You may have heard the term flat feet, but what exactly are flat feet? feet are a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. Flat feet can affect the way you stand, walk, and run. They can also impact ankle stability. At Total Podiatry, we consult with our patients to determine the causes of their discomfort and work hard to find an effective solution.
CAUSES OF FLAT FEET
Flat feet can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
- Chronic conditions (like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Wear and tear
Flat feet can also occur when arches do not fully develop. You may not feel pain just because of flat feet, but if you do start to feel foot pain you should contact our office for treatment.
SYMPTOMS OF FLAT FEET
Flat feet can change your gait and the way you walk. Patients may also notice they feel pain in their feet and ankles when they exercise. Some common symptoms of these developing problems may include:
- Arch discomfort
- Heel discomfort
- Ankle pain
- Ankle swelling
These symptoms can also manifest in knee pain and shin splints. It is important to not only pay attention to foot and ankle pain, but knee and shin pain as well.
TREATMENT FOR FLAT FEET
Total Podiatry will provide an assessment and examination before treatment to ensure that the procedure lines up with your budget, needs, and goals.
Flat feet can be treated in a variety of ways. This includes:
- Prescription Orthotics
- Arch supports
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid Injections
- Stretching exercises
- Supportive shoes
Surgery can also be done to repair tendon or ligament tears that may have resulted from flat feet. Schedule a consultation with Total Podiatry today and learn more about comprehensive treatment options for you.