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Flat Feet May Affect Adults

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Flat feet are common in babies and may extend through adulthood. In most cases, the arch fully develops during the teenage years and is visible while standing up. Adults who have flat feet may have inherited this condition or it may occur due to a foot injury. Flat feet may be uncomfortable for many patients and relief may be found when shoes that are worn have extra cushioning in the arch area. The arch provides support in addition to evenly distributing body weight to the legs and hips. There may be medical conditions that can contribute to getting flat feet. These include arthritis, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. Tendonitis, bunions, and plantar fasciitis may also develop from having flat feet and relief may be found when custom-made orthotics are worn. If you have flat feet, please consult a podiatrist who can determine the best course of treatment, which may include practicing specific foot-strengthening exercises.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Podiatry. 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 offices located in Union, NJ and the Upper East Side, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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