Flat Feet

Podiatrist in Grand Island, NE

Flat foot care in Grand Island, NE

WHAT IS FLAT FEET?

There are 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the human foot. This structure works to form the arch of the foot which in turn helps distribute body weight evenly across the foot.

Flat feet is when the arch of your foot is flattened. This condition is prevalent in both children and adults. It is fairly common and often does not cause discomfort or pain to those who have it. It is more common in children and often works itself out as the child reaches adulthood. However, there are some cases where flat feet can cause the ankles to turn inward which in turn can negatively affect the ankles and knees. 

Symptoms of flat feet include:
  -  The uneven wearing of shoes in the arch support area
  -  Pains in the calf or lower leg
  -  Pain and swelling of the ankle area typically on the inside of the ankle
  -  General foot pain and discomfort after walking or standing for long durations

WHAT CAUSES FLAT FEET?

Flat feet is common in infants due to baby fat and is completely normal. There are instances where flat feet can persist beyond childhood such as by wearing close-toed shoes while the foot is developing. Keep an eye on children who seem to be walking oddly or complain of sore feet and calves. 

In adults flat feet can be caused by injuries, aging, prolonged foot stress, obesity, arthritis, or during pregnancy. While not common, flat feet can lead to other foot problems including shin splints, bunions, hammertoes, arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, and inflammation of ligaments.

All of these are caused by unevenly distributed weight across the foot.

More serious problems can develop in the upper body due to the misalignment of the body.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort and believe that it comes from flat feet, give us a call to set up an appointment. There are many solutions we provide to make sure you get the best treatment. For very mild cases, often walking barefoot across uneven terrain, such as a beach, can help strengthen the muscles of the foot and it will work itself out. For more severe cases we offer orthotics with custom designed arch supports. 

Some tips to help fix flat feet can be:
  • Orthotics
  • Avoidance of prolonged activity
  • Pain relievers
  • Arch support
  • Weight loss
  • Surgery
Every case is different, so set up an appointment with us to get personalized services. Using the wrong treatment can cause further damage to your tendons and joints. 
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