Do I Have Flat Feet?

According to the Institute for Preventive  Foothealth , about four percent of adults in America have flat feet, also called fallen arches. It’s a condition that can prevent you from participating in certain sports and professions. This problem usually starts in childhood, but even as an adult you do not have to live with flat feet because there are solutions available at the podiatrist’s office. Go to a foot doctor at Lake Ridge Foot and Ankle in Lake Ridge or Stafford, VA to have flat feet diagnosed and treated.

What Are Flat Feet?
When the inside bottom of the foot does not have an arch, it is an issue that podiatrists call flat feet. The foot should not ideally be with the floor on all sides when you stand—there should be a slight lift on the inside. Some people don’t experience discomfort from this foot condition, while others have progressive pain that makes normal physical activity difficult. Flat feet may be related to other foot problems like plantar fasciitis and they can cause pain in the legs and ankles. Patients can have varying degrees of this foot disorder—some see it progress when they’re children while others develop it as adults due to obesity and other factors.

How to Check for Flat Feet
It's easy to self-check for flat feet at home before your appointment with a Lake Ridge or Stafford foot doctor. Place a piece of white paper down, moisten your feet, and then put one foot on it. If the entire outline of your foot shows (including the inside part) you may have flat feet. See your podiatrist for an official diagnosis and exam.

Treatments That Can Help
There are a few therapies that may work for flat feet. Here are the most common treatments to consider:

- foot inserts or orthopedic shoes to lift the inner arch 
- physical therapy
- flat foot reconstruction surgery

Improve Your Foot Health
Your feet are your foundation, so it’s important that you keep them healthy and well-formed. Call Lake Ridge Foot and Ankle in Lake Ridge, VA at 703-491-9500 and in Stafford, VA at 540-720-0700 to schedule time for a foot exam.

Author
Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC

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