Around 30% of people in the United States have flat feet, the condition in which your feet partially arch or are entirely flattened. While this condition can be harmless, it can cause pain to other parts of your body. The team of podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Specialists in Santa Fe and Las Vegas, New Mexico, offer comprehensive flat feet management services to prevent pain in other parts of the body. Get in touch today by phone or online to learn more.
Otherwise called fallen arches, flat feet refers to a condition where, instead of forming a supportive arch at the center of your foot, the arch in your foot touches the ground. The arch of your foot is essential in supporting your entire body. With flat feet, you run the risk of destabilizing your bony framework.
Flattened arches can cause pain and mobility issues, as well as problems with your knees, spine, and hips. There are two main types of flat feet:
With flexible flat feet, your foot appears completely normal when at rest. However, the moment you stand up, the arch flattens to the ground.
As the name suggests, rigid flat feet refers to the nonexistence of any arch in your foot, regardless of whether it’s at rest or not.
In most cases, people are born with flat feet. Nonetheless, a series of external factors can cause the arch of your foot to flatten. These causes include:
If you notice that your child has flat feet, don’t worry. Children are born with flat feet and develop an arch as they mature.
In some cases, flat feet does not pose any issues at all and doesn’t require treatment. However, if you experience pain, discomfort, or reduced mobility, you should seek treatment at Foot and Ankle Specialists.
During your appointment at Foot and Ankle Specialists, your doctor might give you a series of exercises to stretch your Achilles tendon. Stretches can help build strength in your foot.
Some other treatments for flat feet include, but are not limited to:
In extreme cases of flat feet, your doctor might recommend surgical intervention, such as joint fusions, osteotomies, and tendon transfers.
Your doctor will order an X-ray to see if your flat feet has caused any damage. From there, they can recommend the best treatment option.
Don’t let flat feet cause pain. Schedule an appointment at Foot and Ankle Specialists today by phone or online.