If the arches of your feet come in direct contact with the ground whenever you stand up or take a step, you probably have flat feet. Left unmanaged, flat feet can increase your risk of more serious health problems including back pain, joint pain, and even immobility. The team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, with locations in Mesquite, Rowlett, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of flat feet. To make an appointment, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
Flat feet is a common and usually painless condition characterized by low or non-existent foot arches. Flat feet affects people of all ages, from children to adults.
Sometimes, it occurs as a result of a childhood deformity; other times, flat feet develop following a sports-related injury or from simple wear-and-tear associated with aging.
Left untreated, flat feet can lead to problems with your ankles or knees. In fact, clinical studies suggest flat feet may alter the alignment of your legs, increasing your risk of back pain and other musculoskeletal problems.
If you regularly experience foot pain and you think flat feet may be to blame, make an appointment with the team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists.
The symptoms of flat feet depend on the severity of the condition. Many people with flat feet don’t experience any obvious symptoms. However, as your condition progresses, you might experience pain in your foot, particularly in the heel or arch area.
In addition, pain associated with flat feet usually gets worse following exercise or physical activity. You might also experience swelling along the inside of your ankle.
Flat feet affects people of all ages and genders, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop flat feet if you’ve suffered a foot or ankle injury in the past.
To diagnose flat feet, your Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists provider performs a physical exam, asks a series of questions about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. Your doctor also observes your feet from the front and back and asks you to stand on your toes.
Your doctor also asks you to perform a series of easy in-office exercises to observe the mechanics of your feet. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor might also recommend a series of X-rays or a CT scan.
Treatment for flat feet depends on the severity of your symptoms. However, the team at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists uses conservative, noninvasive means of treatment whenever possible.
Depending on your symptoms and health history, your doctor might recommend custom orthotics, supportive shoes, stretching exercises, or physical therapy. If your pain persists even after participating in these measures of at-home care, surgical intervention may be necessary.
Don’t let flat feet prevent you from living your best life. If you’re suffering, make an appointment at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC today by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.