Up to 30% of Americans have flat feet, a condition characterized by a lack of arches. Flat feet typically aren’t a problem, but if you suffer from chronic foot pain, it’s essential to seek treatment. At Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center, board-certified podiatrists Jay Mukker, DPM, FABPM, CWSP, and Gavin Lee, DPM, specialize in managing flat feet. After an exam and discussing your symptoms, they can make treatment recommendations. To make an appointment, call the office in Fresno or Madera, California, or book online today.
If you have flat feet, your soles make contact with the ground whenever you stand up. Everyone is born with flat feet, but most people develop arches by age 6. Experts aren’t sure why, but some people have only small arches or don’t develop arches at all.
Most people with flat feet don’t experience symptoms, but in some cases, the condition causes other, more serious problems.
Flat feet often occur due to genetics. For example, if your parents have flat feet, you’re more likely to also.
Flat feet can also occur due to underlying health problems, including:
You might also experience flat feet if you have an autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis.
The symptoms of flat feet include:
As flat feet worsen, you might also experience toe drift, a condition that affects the alignment of the bones and joints at the front of your foot.
To diagnose flat feet, your Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms. Then, they evaluate your arches when sitting, standing, and walking.
If these tests don’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, your podiatrist might also order X-rays. X-rays make it easy for your provider to evaluate the bones and joints in your feet.
Treatment of flat feet depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and their effect on your life. Whenever possible, Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center recommends conservative treatments, such as:
The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and stiffness, encourage mobility, and improve your quality of life.
Most people with flat feet respond well to conservative treatments. Even so, flat feet may increase your risk of other health problems, like arthritis, shin splints, bunions, or bone spurs.
To learn more about the treatment options for flat feet, make an appointment at Advanced Foot Care and Clinical Research Center. Call the nearest office or book online today.