What are flat feet?
Flat feet is a condition that occurs when the arches in your feet are completely flattened. If you have flat feet, the entire bottom of your foot touches the floor when you stand. Although most people don’t experience complications with their flat feet, some people can experience pain, especially in the heel or bottom of the feet.
Flat feet can also affect the alignment of your legs and contribute to problems with your knees or ankles.
Who gets flat feet?
There are several different types of flat feet. Most people develop flat feet during childhood. The arches of the feet usually develop by age 6. For some people, however, the arches never develop, so their feet remain flat. People with this type of flat feet don’t typically develop complications.
Adult-acquired flat feet (fallen arches) occurs when the arch unexpectedly collapses. Adult-acquired flat feet is usually the result of inflammation or damage to the tendon that supports the arch.
Certain factors can increase your chances of developing adult-acquired flat feet. These include obesity, diabetes, and previous injuries to the foot or ankle.
When should I see a doctor about my flat feet?
Although most cases of flat feet are painless, you can develop painful symptoms. Adult-acquired flat feet can cause your feet to turn outward, resulting in pain and dysfunction.
If you experience pain or problems with your feet, book an appointment at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Betschart can determine the cause of your symptoms and the most effective treatment.
How are flat feet diagnosed?
To diagnose your condition, Dr. Betschart begins with a physical exam and a review of your medical history. He then performs imaging tests like an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI to take a good look at your foot structure.
After your diagnosis, Dr. Betschart works with you to determine the best way to relieve your pain and restore the health of your feet.
What treatments are available?
Treatment depends on the severity of your condition. In most cases, treatment begins with conservative options like custom orthotics, physical therapy, or footwear changes.
If your condition doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, you may need surgery. Dr. Betschart provides HyProCure®, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small titanium implant to realign the joints in your foot and improve your foot mechanics.
HyProCure eliminates the need for orthotics and other devices and helps you avoid more invasive corrective surgeries.
To find out which treatment is right for you, call Advanced Foot and Ankle Center or book your appointment online today.