Flat feet are quite common and don’t necessarily cause any problems, but if you’re experiencing foot, leg, or back pain, it’s a good idea to get your feet checked by a podiatrist. Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, with two locations in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, have a team of expert podiatrists who can assess your flat feet to find the cause of your symptoms and provide effective treatment options. Call the practice today or book an appointment online.
If you have flat feet, that means the arch on the inside of each foot is flattened, so that when you stand up the entire sole of your foot makes contact with the ground.
It’s not uncommon for people to grow up with flat feet, as a result of the arches not developing correctly during childhood. Some people develop flat feet over time from the effects of aging, or incur an injury that causes flat feet.
Unless you’re experiencing pain in your feet or legs, there’s usually no need to worry about having flat feet or receive any treatment. However, if your flat feet are causing problems, you should consult a podiatrist for corrective therapy.
Flat feet can cause heel and arch pain in some people and swollen ankles. Flat feet can also cause misalignment problems in your ankles and knees that put excess stress on your legs.
You only need to see a podiatrist if your flat feet are causing pain or discomfort; otherwise, flat feet do not need to be treated.
To make an accurate diagnosis, your podiatrist watches as you walk and stand to assess the mechanics of your feet. Diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRIs can confirm a diagnosis and also pick up any other possible causes of pain in your feet.
Once your podiatrist confirms your diagnosis, the primary treatment approaches are:
Over-the-counter shoe inserts that support your arches may ease the pain, but custom orthotics that are designed specifically for your feet are a more effective option.
Physical therapy and stretching exercises help strengthen the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet and ankles. A physical therapist can also analyze the way you move and advise you on methods to improve your gait.
Surgery may be an option for flat feet if they’re causing severe pain and disability, or you may need an operation for a foot problem that’s made worse by your flat feet, for example, plantar fasciitis.
The podiatrists at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers have comprehensive experience in providing the appropriate treatment for people with flat feet. If you think your flat feet are responsible for any pain or discomfort in your lower limbs, seek the advice of these expert physicians by calling the practice today or booking an appointment online.