Flat feet are a common foot deformity that can impact your podiatric health in a major way. At Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC, we think it’s important for our patients to be informed about the conditions that affect their feet. Below are some facts about flat feet:
· Flat feet describe a condition where you have a partial or total arch collapse and your entire foot is in contact with the floor when you are standing.
· There are a few types of flat fleet. The most common is flexible flat feet which usually starts in childhood and then continues into adulthood. Flexible flat feet means the arch is apparent when you are not on your feet but disappears when you are standing. It typically affects both feet and may get more severe as the years go on.
· In many cases flat feet cause no pain and therefore do not require any treatment.
· Flat feet can, however, lead to other podiatric problems such as heel pain, bunions and hammertoes because it alters the biomechanics of your entire foot. Flat feet can also cause pain in your knees, lower back and lower legs. For this reason, it’s important to have one of our podiatrists, Dr. Russell Caprioli, Dr. Mary Ann Bilotti, Dr. John Haight or Dr. Marzana Mleczko examine your flat feet and monitor them over time.
· There are several possible causes and factors that can increase the risk or severity of flat feet including:
3. Trauma to your foot or ankle
4. Being overweight
· If you do experience pain or stiffness from flat feet, the foot doctor may recommend one or more of the following non-invasive treatment options: arch supports or custom orthotics, stretching exercises, physical therapy, supportive shoes. You should also do your best to limit activities that aggravate your condition and to maintain a healthy weight.