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What Are Flat Feet?

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

One has flat feet when one or both feet have fallen arches. Flat feet are common in babies and young children as part of normal growth and development of the foot and often do not cause symptoms. Flat feet in adults can have numerous causes, including weak or torn tendons, deformities from rheumatoid arthritis, broken bones in the middle of the foot, and injuries to ligaments. As one becomes older and more active, pain from flat feet can be felt in the heels or arches of the feet or even in the knees, hips, and lower back after prolonged standing, walking, or activity. Those with weight problems, diabetes or who are pregnant are more apt to feel discomfort from flat feet. If any kind of ongoing pain develops in the feet or ankles, visiting a podiatrist can help diagnose and treat the problem. If flat feet are suspected, the podiatrist may recommend lifestyle changes, rest, stretching exercises, physical therapy, more supportive shoes, arch supports, and over-the-counter pain medications.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors 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 offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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