Flat feet are a common structural abnormality affecting children and adults alike. Fortunately, various treatments can relieve pain and improve your mobility. At Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. in Arcadia, California, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons Caitlyn Lee, DPM, AACFAS, and Wenjay Sung, DPM, FACFAS, specialize in diagnosing and treating flat feet using a patient-centered, minimally invasive approach. Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to schedule a flat feet consultation, or book your appointment online.
Flat feet affect everyone differently. For some people, they present no symptoms; for others, they cause pain, weakness, and mobility problems.
Flat feet occur when the soles of your feet make contact with the floor whenever you stand up or take a step. Everyone is born with flat feet, but arches usually form by age 6. Some people never develop arches. Scientists aren’t sure why, but genetics may play a role.
Yes. Flat feet symptoms include:
If you have severely flat feet, you might notice the front of your foot and toes point outward (a condition called toe drift).
Anyone can experience flat feet, but several factors increase your risk, including:
Getting older also increases your risk. General wear-and-tear from walking, standing, and exercising affect the soft tissues that support your arches, affecting their shape and integrity.
Your Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet. They ask you to stand and walk back and forth to see if your arches touch the floor.
Then, your podiatrist tests your ankle strength and gently presses on the heels, soles, and balls of your feet to identify sensitive areas. They also look at the bottoms of your shoes to check for visible wear patterns. With flat feet, the wear pattern is more prominent in specific areas.
The foot and ankle surgeons at Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. treat flat feet using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. They might suggest:
If your flat feet result from a structural problem, like a fracture or tendonitis, your provider might recommend surgery. Repairing the underlying issue can relieve the pain and help you return to your favorite activities.
Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to schedule flat feet treatment, or book your appointment online.