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Condition of the Month: Flat Feet

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It’s amazing how many things can go wrong because of flat feet. Not only do flat feet cause many foot conditions, they also can lead to knee, hip, and back problems. Treatment of foot pain caused by flat feet often leads to relief of knee and back pain.

  Most people don’t realize that the root of their foot problem is flat feet. Pain in the heel, arches, ankles, and balls of the feet are common from being flat-footed. Bunions, bone spurs, and crooked toes are also often the result of flat feet.

 
If you are experiencing foot pain that might be from flat feet the best place to start is quality shoes. Just the act of wearing shoes at home can be a game changer. Foot pain can be triggered by not wearing shoes at home, especially with tile or other hard surfaces. This would be more common in a person over 40 years old.


A Simple Solution
If your foot continues to hurt after trying these things then a professional evaluation would be best. You might be surprised to hear you have flat feet… and that is the cause of the pain. The good news is there is often a simple solution.

The number one treatment for foot pain and conditions caused by flat feet is Custom Foot Orthotics. Putting the feet back into the most ideal position can alleviate a significant number of foot problems.

Many people are overjoyed by how amazing their feet feel from wearing custom orthotics. What’s more, the orthotics take stress off of the knees and back. Pain in these two areas can be alleviated as well.

What If that Does Not Work?
The sad fact is that some people do not respond to custom orthotics.  Either there are structural problems with trying to use supportive devices or tendon contractures which contribute to the inability to tolerate these devices.  The good news is that there are also several surgical options to permanently correct the problem. Some have very short recoveries and others have longer recoveries.  The procedure selection is based on the type of flat foot the patient has.  

The Next Step Difference
Whether you know you have flat feet or not, and are experiencing foot pain that hasn’t improved with better shoes, the best option is consulting with us. At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, our patients receive a comprehensive foot & ankle exam. Our Podiatrists look at tendons, evaluate bone structure and joints, and the correct-ability of the condition. At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, we offer patients a variety of options for treating flat feet and associated conditions. In short, this is a one-stop shop to solve your flat-footed problems. From arch supports to reconstructive or minimally invasive surgery we have your patients covered.

 
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