Flat feet, a condition that affects your foot shape while standing, can feel painful or negatively affect gait and sports performance. At Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, with two locations in Clinton Township, Michigan, board-certified podiatrists Edmund Kowalchick, DPM, and Stacey Miller, DPM, can diagnose and treat flat feet to improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.
Flat feet occur when the arches on the bottom of your feet are flat, causing the soles of your feet to touch the floor while standing. While often painless, flat feet can contribute to ankle or knee problems in some cases. Treatment offers you relief and improves your foot alignment.
Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is a common problem that can affect your feet and ankles. It can occur when your posterior tibial tendon gets torn or inflamed. The condition might result in instability and flat feet.
Common signs and symptoms associated with flat feet include:
It’s not uncommon to experience no symptoms with flat feet, especially in mild cases. If you do notice unpleasant or painful symptoms, see the Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, team for an evaluation.
Flat feet can happen to anybody, but certain factors increase your risk of experiencing the condition. Genetics and a family history of flat feet are common risk factors. Others include obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, aging, foot or ankle injuries, and diabetes.
To find out if you have flat feet, your podiatrist reviews your medical history, asks about symptoms you may have, and evaluates your foot structure while standing. They might ask you to stand on your toes or assess wear patterns on your shoes.
Your specialist may recommend you undergo CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, or X-rays to make a final diagnosis and detect or rule out other foot problems.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your podiatrist might suggest one of the following treatments:
If you don’t have any symptoms associated with flat feet, your podiatrist may recommend watchful waiting.
In the case of minor symptoms, at-home care can often reduce pain associated with flat feet. Rest your feet, choose low-impact physical activities, use arch supports, lose weight, or take over-the-counter pain relievers.
Noninvasive therapy can reduce pain and mobility problems associated with flat feet. Examples include wearing custom orthotics or braces, completing rehabilitation exercises, wearing proper footwear, and improving running form with the help of a physical therapist.
If you experience tendon ruptures or tears, your podiatrist might recommend you undergo surgery to repair the injury or remove inflamed tissue.
Don’t live with pain or a poor gait associated with flat feet when simple treatments can improve your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, by phone or request one online today.