Flat Feet have a way of complicating normal routines by affecting the way the foot hits the ground. The reason this condition can cause complications is because in normal feet, the tendons in the foot help to lift the middle of the sole off the ground when moving; yet, flat feet cause the arch to be inadequate, which allows for the entire surface of the bottom of the foot to be in contact with the ground when moving. This constant contact with the ground can lead to complications because the lack of a formed arch can cause discomfort, especially when walking on rigid surfaces. Moreover, pain associated with flat feet can travel to the calf, knees or hips.
Arches usually develop normally as kids grow older, but can slowly lose their shape at an older age, and other conditions like arthritis can cause additional problems for the foot’s soles. It’s important, however, to remember that maintaining a long-term treatment plan for this condition will have many benefits to counteract any negative effects to the feet and ankles.
Proper treatment includes:
- Utilizing shoes that are comfortable and that contain insoles to help provide needed support for a multitude of reasons.
- Orthotics can be placed in shoes with heels, running shoes, or even for skating. These devices can help assist with reducing pressure from being applied to the arch and will be custom-made to fit the grooves of your foot for a precise fit.
Flat feet do not make walking any easier and can actually cause significant pain when performing routine activities. At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM located in Chicago, Illinois, our expert foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can help your flat feet develop an arch or provide you with support devices to manage any discomfort that comes with this condition. We encourage you to make an appointment online or by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and refer to our Patient Education Library for an array of helpful information.