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What Are Flat Feet?

Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Flat feet is a condition when the arch, the curved part of the sole of your foot, touches the floor when you stand. Flat feet typically occur due to the foot not developing properly during childhood. However, feet may also become flat over time, as daily wear and tear of the foot causes the arch to weaken and fall. In some cases, people with flat feet exhibit no symptoms at all. In other cases, flat feet can cause issues ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. Left untreated, pain could worsen and cause complications to the knees, hips, and spine. If you have flat feet and are experiencing pain or discomfort, consult with a podiatrist. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. John P. Beaupied from Palos 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 Palos Heights, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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