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What Causes Flat Feet?

Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

The medical condition that is known as flat feet refers to feet that have low or absent arches. Most babies are born with this condition, and the arches will naturally develop as the feet become stronger. In some patients, the arches never develop, and this may cause pain and discomfort. The reasons why flat feet can develop may be from an injury that has occurred to the foot or ankle, or existing medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, or diabetes. The noticeable signs that you may have flat feet can include uneven wear and tear on your shoes, and your feet may feel weak and stiff. Relief can be obtained when shoes that are worn have adequate support, and gentle foot and calf stretches are frequently performed to improve flexibility. If you have this condition, it is important that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe custom-made orthotics, which may help to alleviate the pain associated with the  ailment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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