Flat feet are a problem to the long-term viability of your foot and ankle health. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM has a great amount of experience treating flat feet. If you have this condition, you should contact us now so that we can schedule your visit with Dr. Alexopoulos at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, Illinois.
Flat feet occur when the tendons in your foot don’t tighten as they should from a young age. This condition leaves those tendons loose, gives the foot a flat look and prevents an arch from forming at the bottom of your foot. About 20 percent of the population have acquired the condition of flat feet. The absence of an arch contributes to an unnatural stride that can have lasting negative effects on your health. When the arch of the foot fails to form correctly, the heel bone can change its position and put pressure on the outer ankle bone. Flat feet can also occur in adulthood, which is known as a fallen arch, in which the foot points outward. Injuries can also cause the ligaments in the foot to produce a situation where the joints fall out of their proper arrangement. Normally, the ligaments act to support bones and prevent them from moving into a misaligned position. When these ligaments tear, flat feet are prone to occur.
Flat feet are categorized into two types: flexible and rigid. The flexible condition causes the foot to form an arch that’s weak and falls flat when you put weight on your leg. This type of flat foot condition is common. A rigid flat foot is one in which an arch is not formed and thus is flat all of the time. Most individuals with flat feet, however, can be helped with custom orthotics, braces or medications, which help to reduce inflammation. The reduction of swelling helps the healing process to proceed in a quick manner. Surgery may be required when the deformity is too abnormal to be remedied with non-invasive treatments. Surgery will help bring back the pulling forces that the tendons should have initially provided.
For any questions or concerns regarding your arches or podiatric health, consult with us! Dr. Alexopoulos and his staff look forward to hearing from you.