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By JAY MERMELSTEIN, DPM
March 12, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: flat feet  
Flat FeetAre you flat-footed? If so, you join the ranks of about 18 million American adults over age 21 that also have this common foot condition, reports the National Foot Health Assessment. Having flat feet simply means that you don’t have arches in your feet, which means that the entire foot touches the ground when you stand or walk. While flat feet won’t cause problems for some, others may regularly deal with achy, sore feet or pain in the ankles, legs, or thigh. If you are dealing with foot pain and you think it may be due to flat feet, your podiatrist can help.

What causes flat feet?

Sometimes flat feet are simply inherited (thanks mom and dad!). Other times they develop as a result of a weakening of the posterior tibial tendon due to age-related wear and tear, physical activity, and overpronation. Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop flat feet.

Should I be concerned about my child’s flat feet?

The arches of the feet develop during childhood, so it’s not normal for your baby or toddler to have arches. Their flat feet are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Arches typically won’t form until your child is two or three years old, and some children won’t develop arches until the age of five.

What are some ways to treat flat feet?

If you aren’t experiencing any symptoms then there is no reason to seek treatment for your flat feet; however, if you are dealing with foot pain, particularly around the heel or arches of the foot, then you should talk with your podiatrist about ways to ease your pain and prevent further flare-ups. Some conservative ways to treat flat feet include,
  • Wearing properly fitted shoes that provide ample cushioning and support for the entire foot, particularly the arches and heel
  • Consider getting prescription orthotics from your podiatrist, which can evenly distribute the weight throughout the foot rather than putting added pressure on the arches or heel
  • Losing weight, if the patient is overweight or obese
  • Taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen, which can reduce pain and swelling
  • Talking to your podiatrist about special exercises that you can do to improve the strength and function of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the foot to reduce pain
  • Weighing the pros and cons of surgical intervention
Fallen arches and flat feet can impact a person’s ability to walk or run. If you are dealing with pain and other issues due to flat feet, a podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to ease discomfort and improve how your feet function as a whole.
By Jay Mermelstein, D.P.M.
August 01, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot problems   flat feet  

Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat feet are a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of his or her feet.  Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch.  When this occurs, feet can turn inward causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your [Location] podiatrist, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.

Foot Problems

If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot.  One problem you might develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result from having flat foot.  The lack of shock absorption in the foot can also cause shin splints, while bunions and hammertoes may also result from having flat feet.

Leg Problems

When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs.  Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance.  When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.

Treatment for Flat Feet

To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist in East Windsor for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics, or arch supports, are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your missing arches normally would.  If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. 

Visit Jay Mermelstein, D.P.M. for further consultation and treatment planning for your flat feet.