Flatfoot is a deformity that can cause painful inflammation and if left untreated can lead to development of other serious foot and ankle injuries.
If caught early, the podiatrists and surgeons at AFACC can often treat symptoms of flat feet without surgery, and can help you to avoid further damage.
Fill out the form to the right to schedule an appointment with an AFACC podiatrist for a foot assessment and treatment options, or read more about causes & symptoms of flat feet below.
What is Flatfoot and How is it Caused?
Flatfoot is a complex disorder, with varying degrees of deformity, symptoms, and associated disability. There are several types of flatfoot, all of which lower the arch. Many times flat feet are inherited, but one can also develop a flat foot slowly over time.
Flexible flatfoot is one of the most common types of flatfoot. In this type of flatfoot, the arch flattens while bearing weight. It usually occurs in both feet, and generally progresses in severity and symptoms with time.
Flat Feet Symptoms & Associated Issues
As the flatfoot deformity worsens, symptoms and associated issues begin to increase. Some issues caused by flat feet include:
- Inflammation of soft tissue
- Pain in the foot and ankle
- Rolled-in ankles
- Foot fatigue and weakness
- Abnormal walking pattern
- Shin Splints
- Associated Foot Deformities,
including bunions and hammertoes
Diagnosing Flat feet
In diagnosing flatfoot, a complete foot examination is performed with attention given to the biomechanical function of the foot. X-rays are usually taken to determine bone and joint alignments.
Flat Foot Treatment Options
Various non-surgical treatment options are available to relieve symptoms and to slow progression of the deformity. A variety of surgical treatments are also available to correct flexible flatfoot. Untreated flatfeet can often lead to other deformities, including bunions, hammertoes, and arthritis. Therefore, early examination and treatment by an AFACC podiatric physician is essential.
For more information on Flatfoot or to have your feet assessed and treated, contact us today to schedule an appointment at the AFACC clinic nearest you.