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Three Signs of Flat Feet - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Are you familiar with what flat foot is? Flat foot is a condition where the arch of the foot has partially or totally dropped; or worst, it has never developed at all. Despite the fact that it is common in babies and small children, flat foot can pose a problem when they reach adulthood.

Flat feet can also develop among adults due to injury, obesity, or even as a result of pregnancy where the woman has increased elasticity. People who have health concerns like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are also at high risk for developing flat feet.

Diagnosis of flat feet

If you think that you have a flat foot, consult a podiatrist. An x-ray will determine how grave the condition is. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

Three Signs and symptoms of flat feet

You will be able to know what a flat foot looks like if you observe these signs and symptoms:

  1. Toe drift. Toes and the front part of the foot is pointing outward
  2. Short Achilles tendon
  3. Heel tilting outwardly, while ankle tilting inward

Treatment

If a flat foot has been diagnosed by a health care professional, he can suggest some treatments for you to undergo. However, before that, you must know that a flat foot is rigid where the foot appears to have a missing arch even if he is not standing. But when he stands, the arch disappears.

  • Those with this flexible flatfoot may lessen their activities that cause them pain.
  • Do not stand, walk, or run for long periods.
  • Also, avoid weight gain. Do your diet plans and get weight loss since the excessive weight places pressure on the arches.
  • Surgery may be required. This will only be done in very rare cases where the condition is already severe and all other methods had been made. However, this is usually avoided by everyone because of its long recovery time and expensive cost. 

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with flat foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114

Does Angelina Jolie have Flat Feet? - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Angelina Jolie is easily one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood today. A consistent Box Office hit, who would assume that this Hollywood superstar has flat feet. Although this is not a cause for major concern, this physical imperfection has its own downside. This foot condition can be a cause of chronic pain, but this does not appear to be slowing her down a bit.

What is a flat foot problem?

Flat foot is the absence of an arch in the sole of the feet which causes the feet to press completely flat against the ground.

Is flat feet a problem?

Flat feet if managed properly should not be a major concern. However, flat feet is also associated with these signs and symptoms that are recommended to undergo treatments:

  • Feet rolling inwards too much that can cause shoes to wear out quickly
  • Pain in the feet, lower legs, hips, ankles, knees, or lower back
  • Underlying problem with the bones, connective tissues, and muscles
  • Feet are weak, stiff, and numb
  • Feet are painful even wearing a supportive and well-fitting shoes
  • Feet appear to be getting flatter
  • Shoes wear out very quickly

Consult a podiatrist if you notice any of these symptoms. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering with foot and ankle disorders.

What causes flat feet?

  • Flat feet is a condition that can be inherited. In addition, flat feet can also be a result of:
  • Loose connective tissue throughout the body
  • The connective tissue in the foot become stretched and inflamed as a result of obesity, injury, unsupportive footwear, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • The feet bones did not form properly while in the womb
  • A condition affecting the muscles and nerves like muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or spina bifida

Treatments for flat feet

Non-surgical treatments are the preferred options but in some cases, surgery is an option.

Non-surgical treatment (check with your podiatrist first)

  1. Wearing orthotics to support your feet
  2. Lose weight if you are overweight
  3. Wearing supportive shoes that fits well
  4. If you are having discomforts, take painkillers
  5. Stretching the muscles and connective tissues

Surgery. This is normally considered if the treatments haven’t helped in treating your flat foot. Your surgeon will talk to you about the operation that you need.

Tricks to help with flat feet

Please check with your podiatrist first

  • Get the right support. You need arch support to keep your body in alignment.
  • Try to wear house shoes. Have a pair of comfy and supportive clog for indoors.
  • Give yourself a massage. Apply a little pressure to relax your tendons. A massage can also encourage the blood to flow on your feet. This will also help inflammation in your feet.
  • Stretch it out. Try to do a calf stretch against the wall for 15 seconds.

At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.

Foot Problems and Pregnancy - Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston

Pregnancy brings many physical changes to a woman’s body. Foot conditions associated with pregnancy are largely due to hormonal changes and the weight of the growing baby. 

Flat feet and swelling usually disappears after pregnancy. But if these persists after pregnancy, a visit to a podiatrist is advised. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people with foot disorders. 

Flat Feet

Hormones are responsible for stimulating and regulating body activities. Some hormones are even responsible for helping the different muscles and ligaments to relax. One of the changes that occur during pregnancy is the change in hormone levels. Some of these hormones can also relax ligaments and muscles in your feet which can lead to flat feet. 

When flat foot happens, women may find that their shoes a bit smaller. This is because flat feet causes your feet to increase a size larger. Good news is that the feet returns to its usual size after pregnancy.

 Weight also plays a contributory role in the development of flat feet in pregnant women. This extra weight can place additional stress on the heels and arches. Pregnancy might also cause a shift in the center of gravity interfering how weight is distributed on the feet. 

Foot Swelling

Swelling or edema is the increase of fluid content in the tissues. This can be caused by the increased volume of blood circulating in the body. Increased blood volume is needed to supply additional oxygen and nutrient  requirements for both mother and baby. Swelling is usually located in the legs and feet due to the pull of gravity. 

Prevention

Avoid standing for long periods of time. Walking helps promote blood circulation and pumps some of the excess fluids away from your feet. Another way is to elevate your feet and let gravity do its work. Increase your water intake and avoid foods with high salt content. Salt promotes liquid retention. Wear compression stockings to prevent liquids from collecting in your feet.

 At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping pregnant womentake care of their feet. To schedule an appointment call 281-444-4114.