Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat feet are a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of his or her feet. Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch. When this occurs, feet can turn inward causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your podiatrist, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.
If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot. One problem you might develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result from having flat foot. The lack of shock absorption in the foot can also cause shin splints, while bunions and hammertoes may also result from having flat feet.
When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs. Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance. When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.
Treatment for Flat Feet
To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics, or arch supports, are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your missing arches normally would. If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications.
Visit our office for further consultation and treatment planning for your flat feet.