Do you have flat feet? Flatfoot can affect people of all ages and is characterized by a lack of the small arch in your feet. Flatfoot is usually not a serious medical condition, but can lead to pain and discomfort in the feet, and possibly even fatigue while performing physical activity. Flatfoot, if severe and not treated, can be a symptomatic condition in which the feet can become limited or disabled. Treatment for severe flatfoot includes physical therapy, the training and strengthening of the feet, using customized orthotics or inserts, and surgery.
Having flat feet can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. For assistance, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot HealthCare Associates. Our doctors will provide quality care for your feet.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe.
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
- Flat look to one or both feet.
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Michigan. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.