What is Flatfoot?
Flatfoot, or pes planus, is a condition where the arches of the feet flatten, causing the entire sole to come into contact with the ground. While some people naturally have flatter arches, others may develop flatfoot over time due to various factors.
- Genetics: Flatfoot can be hereditary, meaning it may run in families. If your parents or grandparents had flat feet, there is a higher chance that you may develop them too.
- Age: As we age, the tendons and ligaments in our feet can weaken or stretch, leading to a reduction in arch height.
- Injury: Trauma or injury to the foot, such as a torn tendon or a broken bone, can contribute to the development of flatfoot.
- Medical conditions: Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or obesity can impact the structure of the foot and lead to flatfoot.
Recognizing the symptoms of flatfoot is essential for early intervention and proper management. Common signs include:
- Pain and tenderness along the inside of the ankle
- Swelling on the inside of the ankle
- Difficulty standing on tiptoes
- Foot fatigue or discomfort during physical activity
At Hosey and Murphy Foot and Ankle Centers, our experienced podiatric team offers personalized treatment plans to address flatfoot symptoms. Here are some common interventions:
- Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotics can provide additional support and help redistribute pressure on the foot.
- Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises can strengthen the muscles and tendons in the foot, promoting better arch support.
- Footwear Modifications: Wearing shoes with proper arch support and cushioning is crucial for managing flatfoot.
- Bracing: In certain cases ankle bracing may be beneficial to help decrease the strain on the tendons of the feet.
In severe cases, surgical intervention may be considered to correct structural abnormalities or reconstruct damaged tendons.
While some factors contributing to flatfoot are beyond our control, certain preventive measures can promote foot health:
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on the feet.
- Choose supportive footwear with proper arch support.
- Engage in regular foot exercises to strengthen muscles.
At Hosey and Murphy Foot and Ankle Centers, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for all your podiatric needs. If you're experiencing flatfoot symptoms or any other foot-related concerns, schedule an appointment with our expert podiatrists. Your feet deserve the best care, and we are here to guide you every step of the way towards optimal foot health.