People with normal, fully- developed foot arches have a notable upward curve in the middle of the foot. When arches develop fully, the tendons and ligaments in the foot and lower leg help provide support and stabilize it. Flat feet—also called fallen arches—occurs as the result of an undeveloped or collapsed arch. Most cases of flat feet are hereditary and are present from birth. In other cases, flat feet can develop after an injury or overuse and of
Flat feet are a common and usually painless condition in most children, though it can cause some aching pain in adolescents and adults. In ome children however a flat foot can be a big issue and needs proper evaluation. It is often hereditery so if there is a strong history of flat feet in the family then they need to treated more aggressively.
Signs and Symptoms of Flat feet
Children whose arches do not develop aren’t always affected by flat feet. However, some cases of flat feet can cause problems in other areas of the body—flat feet have been shown to throw joints out of alignment and strain muscles and tendons and lead to back pain.
While many adults do not exhibit any outward signs or symptoms that indicate flat feet, some people may feel some arch pain or have knee or back pain. More often than not, flat feet causes noticeable fatigue in the arches, heels, knees, or lower back. Other common symptoms of flatfeet include:
- Feet that ache
- Swollen feet
- Difficulty moving the foot
- Back or leg pain
Testing for Flat feet
To find out if you have flat feet, there is a simple test you can do on your own—all you need is a concrete surface and some water. Start by getting your feet wet, then stand normally on a flat surface. Then, step away from the imprints and evaluate the step marks. People with normal arches will see an imprint with the inside curve of the foot missing. People with flat feet will see the entire imprint of the bottom of the foot.
Flat feet Treatment
Treating flat feet medically depends on the severity and cause of the problem. It’s important to have flat feet examined by Dr. Bregman because if untreated it can lead to more serious problems like heel pain, ankle or knee pain, or arthritis and tendon damage. When flat feet cause severe pain or begin contributing to other conditions, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatments:
- Orthotic devices
- Stretching exercises
- Supportive shoes
- Physical therapy
When pain or foot damage becomes more constant and more painful, Dr. Bregman may recommend surgery and often this can be fairly minimal. Contact Dr. Bregman today for more information or to set up a consultation. Dr. Bregman has been specializing in Flat Foot surgery for over 20 years and is a leader in this field. This includes the minimal incision procedure called HyProcure. www.Alignmyfeet.com