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Causes of Flat Feet

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Flat feet are a common condition of the foot that does not have an arch or some elevation in the middle of the forefoot. They can develop in people of all ages and genders. Flat feet can result in tired feet as well as foot and ankle pain. Feet can swell and the Achilles tendon can get damaged from excessive pressure on the foot. Bunions can also form. Flat feet can be a result of ill-fitting shoes, wearing the wrong types of shoes for too long, swollen feet, gait changes, genetics, obesity, and certain medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. If you put your feet on the ground and they are flush with the floor, you likely have flat feet. If you have foot pain or want to prevent problems that can occur from flat feet, see a podiatrist who can help with shoe suggestions, orthotics, and other treatment options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear from Burlington County Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is 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. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches 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.  

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

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 one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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