People who have flat feet suffer from a condition called fallen arches. This condition can be bothersome to many people. Knowing if you suffer from flat feet can help you know if you should seek treatment.
About Fallen Arches
People with fallen arches do not have the curve under their feet. For instance, looking at an adult’s foot from the side, there should be an upward curve in the middle of it. This is caused by the tarsal and metatarsal bones, and ligaments and tendons are what strengthens the connections.
The foot has an arch to distribute the weight of the body evenly. It supports the weight in the proper way, so there’s not so much demand on the feet.
This also means that people who do not have the arch end up having all their body weight on their feet.
Signs of Flat Feet
Many people do not realize they suffer from flat feet until they start to feel pressure or are unable to be as physically active as others. There are people who never seek treatment for the condition because they learn to live with it. Since you are searching for the signs of flat feet, it’s obvious you’re having some discomfort and you want to know if this condition is what’s causing it.
The following are just some of the signs you suffer from fallen arches.
- Your feet tire easily. You may be walking a long distance, such as in a park or mall, and your feet start to ache before everyone else. You may sit down for a while thinking that it will help, but when you get back up, your feet still feel as though they can’t endure anymore walking.
- You feel pain in the middle of your foot. If you have pain in the middle of your foot after walking for a while, it’s likely that your body weight is simply too much for your feet. This pain can be unbearable at times and you need to sit with your feet up for a while to make it go away.
- Swelling on the bottom and inside of the feet. The same reason you may feel pain, you may experience swelling. The demand of the body on the feet is too much, so they become inflamed. It’s the body’s response to the stress.
- Inability to do certain movements. Many people who suffer from flat feet cannot stand on their toes. They may think they just have poor balance, but it’s because the arch doesn’t support the foot enough to allow the toes to hold the body up.
- There’s leg and/or back pain. Again, the body is heavy and after a while the pressure becomes to much for the legs and back. This ends up causing pain.
What Causes Fallen Arches
There are three main causes of flat feet:
- Many people are born with fallen arches.
- Other people suffer an injury to the feet that causes the tendons to tear or stretch.
- Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or nerve problems can cause the arches to fall.
What to Do About Flat Feet
Treatment options are limited for people with this condition. Podiatrists try the least invasive options first before resorting to surgery.
- Rest and ice can reduce swelling and ease the pain.
- Stretching exercises can increase flexibility.
- Medications for pain relief can also help with the discomfort.
- Physical therapy is another way to help increase flexibility and strengthen the feet to endure the body’s weight.
- Creating arches in the feet with show modifications may be a solution for some people.
- Braces and casts can also help with the discomfort.
If these options are ineffective in improving the quality of life for people with fallen arches, a podiatrist may recommend surgery.
The surgery may include:
- Removing spurs
- Fusing the foot and ankle
- Changing the shape of the bones in the feet
- Cleaning the tendons
- Adding tendons to the feet from another part of the body
- Creating an arch by grafting bone to the feet
Surgery results are often satisfactory and can relieve the symptoms of flat feet.
Flat Feet Treatment in Suffolk County
If you’re suffering from fallen arches, call Suffolk Foot & Ankle. We have a team of podiatrists who can help you relieve the discomfort you’re feeling, so you can live a happy, active life. Our podiatry offices are located in East Patchogue, Riverhead, Medford and Commack. Contact us at 631-604-4948 for an appointment or complete an online form and we will contact you.
We look forward to helping you identify the issues you’re having with your feet and treating them.