If you have flat feet, it means your arches are partially or fully flattened, which for some people doesn’t cause any problems at all. However, if you think your flat feet might be causing foot pain or you have pain in your back or lower limbs, City Podiatry in New York City has a team of board-certified podiatrists who can diagnose the problem and offer therapies to reduce your discomfort. To learn more about treatments for flat feet or fallen arches, call the Midtown Manhattan office or schedule an appointment online today.
Flat feet, or fallen arches, describe a condition where the arch of your foot is in contact with the ground rather than forming a supportive arch in the center of your foot. The arch is an important support mechanism for your entire body as well as your feet, and if it lacks or loses strength and collapses downward, the resulting change in the bony framework of your foot can cause pain and mobility issues.
Having flexible flat feet means your arch appears normal when the foot isn’t bearing weight, only flattening out when you stand. If you have rigid flatfeet, there’s no curvature of the arch regardless of whether you’re bearing weight or not.
Flattened arches create a strain on the joints in your foot that can cause pain, and may affect joints higher up in your body such as your knees, hips, and spine.
Some people with flat feet are born with the condition, but it can also develop as a result of:
Children’s feet are flat when they’re born, but normally develop an arch as they mature. If the arch doesn’t develop, your child could experience pain in their back and joints, which the podiatrists at City Podiatry can diagnose and treat.
Some people don’t experience any problems despite having flat feet, and therefore don’t require treatment. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of pain, discomfort, or reduced mobility, you should visit City Podiatry for an assessment.
Exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon can help build up strength in your feet.
In general, conservative treatments are tried first such as:
In some cases, conservative treatment options don’t reduce symptoms sufficiently, in which case surgery may be the best option. Potential procedures that can correct the problems caused by flatfeet include:
Your podiatrist can advise you which would be the most suitable approach in your case after reviewing X-rays of your feet and performing a biomechanical exam.
If your flat feet are causing pain or affecting your mobility, call City Podiatry or schedule an appointment online today.