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Can Flat Feet Be Helped?

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A flattened arch is noticeable as the foot lies completely flat on the floor. The medical term for this foot condition is referred to as pes planus, and is known in layman's words as flat feet. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will start to develop between three and six years of age. As adulthood approaches, the calf muscles may become tight, and there may be a limited range of motion in the feet. The arch helps to absorb shock, and provides balance to the body while walking. Many people can have their walking style or gait affected if they have flat feet, and this may be helped by wearing custom-made orthotics. These are insoles that are put into each shoe that can mimic an arch, which may help to make it easier in completing daily activities. Some patients find it beneficial to walk on different types of surfaces including sand, grass, and slopes, and this may provide strength to the overall foot. If you have flat feet, and are experiencing foot pain, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Barbara Davis from Gilbert Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot 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 arches 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.  

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

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 our office located in Gilbert, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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