The term flat feet refers to a very common foot condition where the arches of the foot have collapsed. You would feel the entire sole of your foot on the floor while standing up. It can occur when the arches don’t develop during childhood, after an injury, or simply from the wear and tear on our feet as we age.
It is usually a painless condition, and no treatment is usually necessary if you don’t have any pain associated with it. This abnormal foot structure can lead to foot pain and impact the health of your ankles, knees and hips as well. When this is the case, there are several ways to treat the condition and improve symptoms, but it is generally not completely correctable in the sense of creating an arch back into the foot.
When a flat foot develops later in life, the arch can be strengthened to slow down the progression of the collapse. Supportive footwear, orthotics, taping, physical therapy and weight loss are treatment options to help painful flat feet. If this condition involves torn or damaged tendons, surgery can be performed to correct that problem and bring normal functioning back to the foot.
If you have pain stemming from flat feet, please contact our office today to discuss a treatment plan that will relieve your symptoms. Call Dr. Danciger at (760) 568-0108 or make an appointment directly from our homepage.