Flat feet are a common foot issue that occurs when the arches of your feet are very low or completely flat. While many people with flat feet don’t experience pain or other problems, the condition can become painful and cause other orthopedic issues. The team of expert podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle, with two locations in Scottsdale as well as Mesa and Sun City, Arizona, offer personalized treatment for flat feet, including orthotics, medication, and physical therapy. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.
The midsection of your foot, between your heel and the ball of your foot, should have a slight arch that provides flexibility and optimal foot movement when you walk. The arch of your foot helps to distribute your weight across your feet and enables you to adapt to various surfaces.
Flat feet can lead to overpronation, a gait abnormality that causes your feet to roll inward when you take a step. Your toes might also point slightly outward, causing a “duck-foot” stance.
Foot pain and stiffness are two of the most common symptoms of flat feet, usually due to strained muscles and connective tissue in the arch of your foot. Overpronation can also cause pain in your ankles, knees, hips, and back.
You might also notice that your shoes wear down unevenly or that one shoe wears down more rapidly than the other.
Many factors contribute to flat feet. Patients sometimes have a family history of the condition and are born with low or absent arches. Other factors that contribute to flat feet include:
Diseases like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida can also lead to fallen arches.
The team at Arcadia Foot and Ankle provides personalized treatment plans to reduce your pain and other symptoms caused by flat feet. After carefully evaluating your feet and your gait, your podiatrist makes recommendations, which might include:
If your flat feet lead to a more severe problem such as tibialis posterior tendinitis or a torn tendon, your podiatrist might recommend surgery to repair your foot.
You may have flat feet but not suffer from pain or other symptoms. However, you should make an appointment with the team at Arcadia Foot and Ankle if you have chronic foot or ankle pain, especially if it interferes with your mobility or quality of life.
Call Arcadia Foot and Ankle today or make an appointment online for expert evaluations and personalized treatment for flat feet.