Those with flat feet can experience the condition differently, with some people experiencing frequent pain and stiffness and others requiring no treatment at all. Those suffering from fallen arches can try a wide variety of treatments for the condition. A set of insoles or having shoes fit with inbuilt arch support can be a simple solution. In other cases, weight loss or stretching exercises can ease pain. A podiatrist can determine the best treatment for each individual.
Most arches will develop in children after a certain age. If you suspect that your child has the condition, speak to Dr. Robert J. Kaplan of Twin Rivers Podiatry Easton. Our doctor will answer any of your foot and ankle related questions and attend to all of your podiatric needs.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
Pain around the heel or arch area
Trouble standing on the tip toe.
Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
Flat look to one or both feet.
Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies for your foot and ankle needs.