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.
Although we recognize that these shoes are easy to wear and help feet stay cool on hot days, we also see many injuries and chronic foot problems that develop from the long-term wearing of flip flops.
Some simple and easy ways to prevent foot conditions from developing and ensure that your feet will take you where you want to go for many years to come.
Standing up causes the middle of our feet to arch. A flat foot or fallen arch happens when the feet fails to arch and remains flat with the floor. This condition is commonly seen in children but should disappear when we become adults.
Signs and Symptoms of a Fallen Arch or Flat Feet
Flat foot usually does not show any signs and symptoms. However, when it causes discomfort it can become a concern for those with flat feet. Dr. Name is a podiatrist who specializes in foot care and treating foot disorders. Consult a podiatrist if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Arch and heel pain when standing
- Leg pain that shoots up from the bottom of the feet
- Swelling and tenderness at the bottom of the feet
The doctors at Long Island Foot and Ankle Group are podiatrists who is a podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from fallen arches and flat feet.
What Causes Flat Foot or Fallen Arches
Flat foot can be seen in children but this is normal and disappears as the feet develop. Cases of flat foot in adults can be due to others factors that interfere with the feet’s development. Those with overweight problems have a greater tendency for flat feet because the feet are unable to cope with the greater load. It can also be caused by foot injuries such as a torn tendon. Pregnant women who carry the added weight of their growing baby can also develop flat foot.
Diagnosis of flat feet can be done by inspecting show wear pattern. Flat foot can also be due to foot injury or arthritis. A podiatrist may recommend the use of X-ray, MRI or CT scan to positively identify the cause.
Flat Foot, Treatment Options
Flat foot or fallen arches generally do not exhibit any symptoms. For those who experience discomfort when standing for long periods of time or walking, below are some tips on how to treat flat feet.
- Wear shoes that provide additional support or spread weight more evenly
- Avoid wearing flip flops
- A podiatrist may recommend the use of foot braces of special shoes
- Reduce stress on your feet by keeping within your ideal weight range or avoiding weight bearing activities
At Long Island Foot and Ankle Group with offices located in located in Valley Stream and Lake Success, we specialize in helping people suffering from fallen arches and flatfeet. To schedule an appointment phone Valley Stream (516) 825-4070 or Lake Success (516) 327-0074.