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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.