Flat Feet is a condition that can develop at any age group. Infants generally appear to have them because the excess fat on their foot pads and eventually grow out of them, and adults can develop them later in life. This condition causes the arch of the foot to collapse. While some may not experience any pain with this condition, others, however, may experience discomfort radiating from the foot to the ankles and lower legs. The inside of the ankle usually bears most of the pain, which may be most severe during movement. If not treated with care, this condition can cause a significant reduction in mobility due to increasing pain.
Factors that lead to this condition include obesity, diabetes, older age, or pregnancy. Symptoms of this condition:
- a tendency for the ankle to roll inwards
- feet getting tired after standing for a moderate amount of time
- pain in the lower back
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Utilizing shoe inserts or other supportive devices such as braces and custom orthotics to reduce pressure on the arch.
- Use of medications to ease pain and inflammation.
- Surgical procedures could be required if this condition severely limits mobility. The most common type of surgeries for this condition include medializing calcaneal osteotomy, lateral column lengthening, dorsal wedge osteotomy, and repairing of tendons/ligaments and titanium stents.
If you suspect that you have flat feet or experience any other foot or ankle pain, it is always best to see a foot care specialist for prompt attention. At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, located in Chicago, Illinois, our podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos has the experience and expertise to provide your feet with the support they require. Please set up an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and review our Patient Education Library to learn more about what other foot conditions may affect your specific feet and what you can do to counter them before they require medical attention.