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Don’t Ignore Flat Feet

Just like each member of your family may have a different hair color, eye color, height and weight, you could each have a different foot type as well. One foot type that is very common is flat foot. Your arch is the inner part of your foot and it is normal for it to curve slightly, leaving a gap when you stand on the floor. When this gap is missing or the arch has fallen, it is a condition called flat foot.

This is a very common foot condition. In the infant and toddler stage, it is normal for flat feet to be present as arches develop throughout childhood. There are situations though where a person’s arch simply does not form at all. Other times, flat feet can develop slowly over time due to wear and tear on feet, a family history of this condition, pregnancy, or a disease such as cerebral palsy or diabetes.

A large number of people do not experience any pain or have any problems from having flat feet. However, we do have some patients where the strain on the foot becomes too much. Sometimes, the surrounding muscles and ligaments can become strained and the foot, ankle, knee, hip and lower back can all be impacted. When this is the case, Dr. Pinkser is able to diagnose the root of the pain and provide tailored treatment to help your relieve a painful flat feet problem. Call our office today at (724) 225-7410 if you are in need of treatment.

When pain arises

The arch in your foot is normally designed to be a built-in shock absorber. When an arch has fallen, it can affect the way your foot is able to function. A flat foot often causes overpronation, which is a rolling inward of the anklebones. This uneven pressure that happens every time your foot strikes the ground can add additional stress to other parts of your foot and body. Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, metatarsalgia, and Achilles tendonitis are conditions that can develop due to overpronation.

A person with flat feet can also be prone to developing progressive flat foot, which is also sometimes called adult-acquired flatfoot or tibialis posterior tendonitis. This can cause a great degree of inflammation as the tendon is stretched or torn.

How can painful flat feet be treated?

When you have foot pain, we encourage you to contact us whether it is minor or major. Small symptoms can keep worsening over time, and delaying treatment could result in further damage to your feet and chronic problems. After a thorough examination of your foot structure and diagnosis of the root of your symptoms, we may use a combination treatment plan including anti-inflammatory medications, icing, physical therapy, taping, bracing, shoe modification, and custom orthotics. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair torn tendons or fix the structure of the mid foot.

The individualized treatment we can provide is the first step towards living pain free. Don’t wait to contact us if you are living with painful flat feet. Make an appointment with Dr. Philip Pinsker by calling our Washington, PA office at (724) 225-7410.