About Flat Feet
Flatfoot is a common foot condition. Flat feet are a problem with the structure of the foot.
It is normal for toddlers and babies to have flat feet because prior to walking the longitudinal arch is not developed. An arch appears in the foot when the child begins standing on their toes.
The arch will continue developing throughout childhood and by the time they reach adulthood, most people have developed normal arches.
Flat feet generally are associated with pronation, which is a leaning inwards of the ankle bones toward the center line.
Many people who suffer from flat feet experience no pain or other problems. If you have pain in your feet or ankles that believe is caused by flat feet, you should have your feet evaluated by a podiatrist and get a proper diagnosis.
If you have flat feet, you may be predisposed to developing a condition called tibial posterior tendinitis or painful progressive flatfoot. This condition occurs when the tendon becomes inflamed, stretched or torn. If it is left untreated, it can cause severe disability and chronic pain.
Treatments for painful progressive flatfoot may include orthotics, physical therapy, icing, supportive taping or bracing, and/or anti-inflammatory medications. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
If you believe you are suffering from flat feet and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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