If you find that your feet are unusually sore at the end of the day, you may be experiencing excessive pronation or supination.
Flat feet are something that may develop on your feet overtime or perhaps as a complication that has always been with you.
When your arch collapses, most of the surface area of the sole absorbs the forces of walking and then bears the pressures that can cause significant pain.
Flat feet are also known as “fallen arches” since feet with this condition have low or a complete lack of arches, which makes them press against the ground almost completely.
Bunions are actually bone abnormalities in the big toe that makes that toe lean in to the other toes.
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)
- Wearing orthotics to support your feet
- Lose weight if you are overweight
- Wearing supportive shoes that fits well
- If you are having discomforts, take painkillers
- 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.
One common foot problems seen by podiatrists in children is flatfoot. This condition is characterized by the under development or non-development of the foot arch. Almost all babies are born with flat feet but outgrow this condition.
What are the different types of flatfoot?
There are three different types of flatfoot. The first is called a flexible flatfoot in which the foot is flexible or hypermobile. However, this does not cause any pain or a source of disability in children. The next type is a flexible flatfoot with a short Achilles tendon. This condition is very rare and can cause pain and disability. The last type is called a rigid flatfoot and the rarest among the three types.
Only a podiatrist could properly identify if your child is suffering from a flatfoot condition. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping children with foot conditions.
Flatfoot could further be classified into symptomatic and asymptomatic. Those suffering from symptomatic flatfoot exhibit symptoms such as pain, outward tilting of the heel, awkwardness in walking, difficulty in wearing shoes, and foot pain during physical activities. The latter, asymptomatic as its name implies does not show any symptoms and could only be diagnosed by a podiatrist.
Proper classification enables the podiatrist to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Children that exhibit symptoms require treatment such as shoe modifications, orthotic devices, medications and physical therapy. The podiatrist may select from one of the said non-surgical approaches. If the degree of deformity of the condition is severe, surgery may be needed to relieve the symptoms and improve foot function.
Children that do not exhibit any symptoms does not require any treatment. But the podiatrist will check, observe and re-evaluate the child’s condition periodically. However, custom orthotic devices can be considered for some cases of asymptomatic flatfoot.
How to diagnose flatfoot in children?
In the diagnosis of flatfoot, the podiatrist examines and observes the foot when the child stands, sits, and walks. Sometimes the podiatrist also examines the knee, hip, and leg because it can also be associated with flatfoot. Radiological tests are also done to know the severity of the deformity.
At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping children with developmental foot problems. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.