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While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.
How to tell if you have flat feet
If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.
Symptoms of flat feet
The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.
Potential complications of flat feet
Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.
Treating flat feet
If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:
- Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
- Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
- Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
- Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.
If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.
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.
From your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists, learn about flat feet and how they could affect you.
Flat feet don't just affect your feet but can also cause pain in your knees, ankles and hips. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists--Dr. Douglas Stabile, Dr. Mark Scripps, Dr. Richard Derner, Dr. Andy Joseph Roussel and Dr. Michael Cashdollar--explain how to tell if you have flat feet and what you can do to treat the problem.
Take the wet test
The wet test offers a simple way to tell if you have flat feet and involves just three steps:
- Immerse your feet in a container of water.
- Step on a brown paper bag, sidewalk or other surface that will allow you to clearly see the imprint of your feet.
- Take a close look at the imprint. The inner portion of your foot between your toes and heel will appear very narrow on the imprint if you have a normal arch. If that area is completely filled in or almost completely filled in, you have flat feet.
Why are flat feet a problem?
When your feet are flat, tendons and ligaments in your feet become weak, which causes pain in your feet, especially in your arch or heel. Pain may also be felt in your leg muscles. Because flat feet can change the alignment of your leg, pain can eventually occur in your ankles, knees or hips, and your posture may even be affected. Pain may not be obvious when you are sitting or lying down, but tends to get worse when you are active.
Why do I have flat feet?
Some people are born with flat feet but others develop the condition after an injury. Other possible causes include:
- Wear and tear due to aging
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Torn or stretched tendons
- Broken bones
- Posterior tibial tendon damage
How can my foot doctor help me?
Your podiatrist can offer several solutions that will help ease your pain. Custom-made orthotics are worn in your shoes and raise your arch, which helps keep your leg aligned. Stretching exercises may be recommended if your condition is caused by an Achilles tendon that is too short. Physical therapy may also be recommended.
Are you tired of dealing pain from flat feet? Call your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists--Dr. Douglas Stabile, Dr. Mark Scripps, Dr. Richard Derner, Dr. Andy Joseph Roussel and Dr. Michael Cashdollar--at (703) 491-9500 for Lake Ridge and (540) 720-0700 for Stafford and find out how podiatric treatment can help you.