One easy way to tell if you have flexible flat feet is to wet your feet and stand on a flat surface. If your foot falls all the way to the floor, there won’t be any gap in your footprint. Arch abnormalities do not always cause pain and discomfort, but oftentimes a poorly-supported arch can lead to knee, hip, and back problems. People who have untreated flat feet are more likely to develop bunions, hammertoes, and have Achilles tendon and calf muscle issues.

Some symptoms of flat feet include the following:

  • Pain in the arch and on the outside edge of the foot

  • People with flat feet are more like to develop shin splints

  • Overpronation can cause knee, back, and hip problems.

  • Your feet and legs become excessively tired all the time

A physical exam will be performed by your foot doctor to determine the severity of your flat feet.

A computerized gait analysis can be done to check for overpronation and imaging studies may also be needed.

Treatments for flat feet include the following:

  •  Proper shoes with arch supports and custom orthotic inserts

  • Alter your routine to avoid repetitive strain on the feet and arches

  • Perform physical therapy exercises for added strength and flexibility

  • A rigid plastic boot may be required to immobilize the foot for proper healing to occur

  • Surgery may be needed in severe situations.

If you need help treating flat feet, see your foot doctor for an evaluation. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.

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