Treat Your Flat Feet
The condition of flatfoot occurs when the arches collapse, and depending upon the severity and length of time the condition has gone untreated, a variety of complications may arise. Flat feet are usually an inherited condition, but they can also be the result of injury, disease, excessive weight, and arthritis.
Children often experience a variety of flat feet that is usually painless and often resolves over time, as the bones and other tissues develop.
More severe cases of flat feet are characterized by:
- Pain and swelling—There are longitudinal and transverse arches in the foot that can become painful and swollen during walking and other movements. The discomfort can be felt in the heel, midfoot, or outer foot, depending upon which structure is affected.
- Pronation problems—Rolling the ankle inwards (overpronation) is a frequent problem in those with high arches and can cause gait abnormalities that radiate to the knees, hips, and back.
- Foot deformities—People with flat feet that go untreated for a long time are more susceptible to developing foot abnormalities like bunions and hammertoes.
Treatment for flat feet may consist of the use of braces, custom orthotic inserts, physical therapy, and immobilization. Wearing supportive shoes with orthotic arch inserts can alleviate and prevent many flat foot complications, especially in the earlier stages. One easy way to see if you have flat feet is to wet your feet and stand on a flat surface. If the middle of your foot touches the floor, you may have flat feet.
If you need help assessing your foot imprint, or for other expert advice on treatment of flat feet, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!