Having flat feet means that the natural arches in your feet are nearly nonexistent. Your arches support natural foot movement, and without it, flat feet can cause pain and discomfort. At Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado, Hani Saeed, DPM, offers treatment to help you manage the effects of flat feet. If you suspect flat feet are causing you foot pain and referred pain in your knees and hips, call the office or request an appointment online to learn more about your treatment options.
A normal foot has an upward curve in the middle – the arch. If you have flat feet, this foot arch is missing or very low. Your entire foot makes contact with the ground when you stand. People with flat feet usually have both feet affected, but it is possible to have just one flat foot. Flat feet may be rigid, meaning the arches are never visible. They may also be diagnosed as “flexible,” meaning you have an arch when you’re sitting and put no pressure on the feet, but the arches disappear when you stand.
Some people have flat feet because their arches failed to develop during childhood. Others had normal arches, only to have them collapse during adulthood in a condition known as “fallen arches.” In some cases, flat feet may be a sign of an underlying condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or tendon damage.
Flat feet don’t always require treatment. You can have flat feet and never experience a problem.
But, if they cause pain or discomfort, you should make an appointment at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center. Symptoms that suggest you need intervention include:
Flat feet can cause other foot and leg complications, such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tendinitis.
Flat feet can’t be cured, but the pain and dysfunction can be managed. Custom orthotics can restore an arch to cushion and stabilize your feet.
Stretching exercises also improve the strength and flexibility of your feet. You may also benefit from anti-inflammatory medications to ease the pain as needed.
If your flat feet cause severe pain and conservative treatments fail to provide relief, you may need surgery. The surgery typically involves repairing any damaged tendons to restore a more natural foot position. You may also need joint fusion or bone reshaping to improve the alignment of your foot.
To schedule an appointment at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center, call the office or request an appointment online.