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FLAT FEET

Flat Feet is a deformity characterized by a collapsing arch that comes into near or complete contact with the ground. Depending upon the extent of the fallen arches, the patient may experience anywhere from minimal to significant pain. This deformity can start at almost any age and can significantly limit the daily routine for the patient, if the deformity is severe. Fallen arches can sometimes result in pain “up the chain” to your knees, hips, and lower back, as a result of the asymmetry that develops.

CAUSES:

  • Stretched or torn tendons
  • Obesity
  • Hereditary
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Damage or inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT), which connects from your lower leg, along your ankle, to the middle of the arch
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Nerve problems and nerve conditions

SYMPTOMS:

Some people experience little to no pain; however, many people experience at least one of the following:

    • Feet tire easily
    • Painful or achy feet, especially in the areas of the arches and heels
    • The inside bottom of your feet become swollen
    • Foot movement, such as standing on your toes, is difficult
    • Back and leg pain

WHEN YOU SHOULD SEEK CARE WITH US:

Like many foot problems, fallen arches are a progressive problem, meaning they get worse with time and tend to not resolve on their own. If pain persists, podiatric medical attention should be sought. Treatment ranges from very conservative options to surgical procedures, depending on the severity.

TYPES OF TREATMENT WE OFFER:

As mentioned above, the severity of the condition and pain determines the treatment path. These are just a few of the treatment options.

CONSERVATIVE OPTIONS:

Rest and ice—Used to relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Stretching exercises

Anti-Inflammatory Medication—Anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections are often prescribed to ease the acute pain and inflammation caused by joint deformities.

Physical Therapy—Often used to provide relief of the inflammation and bunion pain. Ultrasound therapy is a popular technique for treating fallen arches and their associated soft tissue involvement.

Custom-Molded Orthotics—These custom-made shoe inserts are useful in controlling foot function and may reduce symptoms and prevent worsening of the deformity.

Bracing—For more significant deformities, these custom-molded braces can be used to prevent the fallen arch from getting worse and causing more discomfort.

SURGICAL PROCEDURES:

In some instances, surgical intervention is required. Our doctors will evaluate the condition to find the appropriate corrective procedure. These procedures include:

    • Fusing foot or ankle bones together (arthrodesis)
    • Removing bones or bony growths or transposing tendons to change the biomechanics of the foot.
    • Cutting or changing the shape of the bone
    • Grafting bone to your foot to make the arch rise more naturally