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October 13, 2023

Modern Foot & Ankle offers comprehensive care for patients suffering from flat feet, a deformity characterized by a collapsing arch that comes into near or complete contact with the ground. Flat feet can lead to pain and discomfort, limiting daily activities for the patient. Early diagnosis and proper medical care can significantly improve mobility and quality of life for patients with flat feet. This guide will help you understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for flat feet and how our expert team of podiatrists can provide personalized care to manage this condition.

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Understanding Flat Feet

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can occur at any age and may result in pain and discomfort in the feet, knees, hips, and lower back due to the asymmetry that develops. 

Causes of flat feet include

  • Stretched or torn tendons
  • Obesity
  • Hereditary factors
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Damage or inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT), which connects from your lower leg, along your ankle, to the middle of the arch
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Nerve problems and nerve conditions

Symptoms of Flat Feet

Some people with flat feet may experience little to no pain, while others may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Feet tire easily
  • Painful or achy feet, especially in the areas of the arches and heels
  • The inside bottom of your feet become swollen
  • Foot movement, such as standing on your toes, is difficult
  • Back and leg pain

When You Should Seek Care with Us

Flat feet are a progressive problem, meaning they tend to get worse with time and often do not resolve on their own. If pain persists, it is essential to seek podiatric medical attention. Treatment options range from conservative methods to surgical procedures, depending on the severity of the condition.

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Types of Treatment We Offer

Our skilled podiatrists will develop a personalized treatment plan based on the severity and progression of your flat feet. Treatment options include:

Conservative Options

  • Rest and ice: Used to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
  • Stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections are often prescribed to ease acute pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: Often used to provide relief of inflammation and pain. Ultrasound therapy is a popular technique for treating flat feet and their associated soft tissue involvement.
  • Custom-molded orthotics: These custom-made shoe inserts are useful in controlling foot function and may reduce symptoms and prevent worsening of the deformity.
  • Bracing: For more significant deformities, custom-molded braces can be used to prevent the fallen arch from getting worse and causing more discomfort.

Surgical Procedures

In some instances, surgical intervention is required. Our doctors will evaluate your condition to find the appropriate corrective procedure. These procedures include:

  • Fusing foot or ankle bones together (arthrodesis)
  • Removing bones or bony growths or transposing tendons to change the biomechanics of the foot
  • Cutting or changing the shape of the bone
  • Grafting bone to your foot to make the arch rise more naturally
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Why Choose Us for Flat Feet Care

At Modern Foot & Ankle, we are dedicated to providing exceptional, patient-centered care for a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including flat feet. Our team of skilled podiatrists and surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technology to deliver effective treatments that reduce pain, improve function, and restore mobility.

When you choose Modern Foot & Ankle for your flat feet care, you can expect:

  1. Personalized Treatment Plans - We work closely with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan that caters to their unique needs and goals.
  2. Advanced Techniques and Technology - Our team employs cutting-edge techniques and technology to provide safe, efficient treatments for flat feet.
  3. Compassionate Care - We understand that dealing with flat feet pain can be stressful and overwhelming, and we are committed to offering compassionate care and support throughout your treatment journey.
  4. Experienced Specialists - Our team of podiatric specialists has extensive experience in managing flat feet and other foot and ankle conditions.
  5. Convenient Locations - With multiple locations across the region, we make it easy to access high-quality care close to home.

Don't let flat feet pain prevent you from enjoying your daily activities. Contact Modern Foot & Ankle today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our flat feet care options.

In Summary

  1. Flat feet, or fallen arches, can cause significant pain and discomfort, limiting daily activities for the patient.
  2. Modern Foot & Ankle provides comprehensive care for patients with flat feet, offering both conservative and surgical treatment options.
  3. Early intervention is crucial for effectively managing flat feet and preserving foot function.
  4. Trust our dedicated team of podiatrists at Modern Foot & Ankle to provide personalized, expert care for your flat feet needs.

The information on our website is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health-related concerns, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Please note that any reliance on the information found on our site is solely at your own risk. For more details, please see our Medical Disclaimer.

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What are the symptoms of flat feet?

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can lead to discomfort and pain in the feet, knees, hips, and lower back due to the asymmetry that develops. Some people with flat feet may experience little to no pain, while others may experience symptoms like feet tiring easily, painful or achy feet, especially in the areas of the arches and heels, swollen inside bottom of your feet, difficulty in foot movement, such as standing on your toes, and back and leg pain.

What causes flat feet?

Flat feet can be caused by a variety of factors including stretched or torn tendons, obesity, hereditary factors, broken or dislocated bones, damage or inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT), arthritic conditions, and nerve problems.

What are the treatment options for flat feet?

At Modern Foot & Ankle, our skilled podiatrists develop a personalized treatment plan based on the severity and progression of your flat feet. Treatment options include conservative methods like rest and ice, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, custom-molded orthotics, and bracing. In some instances, surgical intervention is required, and our doctors will evaluate your condition to find the appropriate corrective procedure.

When should I seek medical attention for flat feet?

Flat feet are a progressive problem, meaning they tend to get worse with time and often do not resolve on their own. If pain persists, it is essential to seek podiatric medical attention. Early diagnosis and proper medical care can significantly improve mobility and quality of life for patients with flat feet.

Why should I choose Modern Foot & Ankle for flat feet care?

At Modern Foot & Ankle, we are dedicated to providing exceptional, patient-centered care for a variety of foot and ankle conditions, including flat feet. Our team of skilled podiatrists and surgeons utilize the latest techniques and technology to deliver effective treatments that reduce pain, improve function, and restore mobility.

What is the recovery process like after flat feet treatment?

The recovery process after flat feet treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition and the type of treatment administered. For conservative treatments like rest, ice, and physical therapy, patients may see improvement in a matter of weeks. For more invasive treatments like surgery, the recovery process may take several months. Our team at Modern Foot & Ankle will guide you through the recovery process and provide personalized care to ensure the best possible outcome.

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