Flat foot is a common postural deformity characterized by flat arches of the feet, causing the sole to come in full contact with the floor when standing. While flatfoot is typically diagnosed during childhood, it may also present in adults with no prior history. At Houston Foot and Ankle Care, Dr. Maislos, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS, and Dr. Lin, DPM diagnose and treat flat feet and the related conditions that can occur as a result, including heel pain, arch soreness, inflammation, and bio-mechanical issues. If flatfoot is affecting your mobility, our podiatry specialists can help restore normal function. Call or schedule an appointment online today to find out more.
Flatfoot Q & A
What causes flatfoot?
Flatfoot can be caused by hereditary factors, or in childhood as a result of abnormal foot arch development. Later in life, individuals can develop flat feet due to weak arch structure, neuromuscular disorders, obesity, wear and tear of the tendons, and even pregnancy.
Even though flatfoot may be asymptomatic, over time it can cause gait issues like inward rolling feet that trigger swelling and pain in other areas.
How are flat feet diagnosed and treated?
Dr. Maislos first assesses your symptoms by discussing them with you in his office. He might also ask you questions about your family history, exercise habits and whether or not you have suffered from arch, heel or ankle pain. Flat foot can change how you move as you walk and run, leading to pain in areas other than the flat arches. Therefore, it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis so you can receive the most appropriate course of treatment.
How is flat foot pain treated?
Dr. Maislos offers a variety of treatments to address flat foot pain, whether it’s affecting the arch, heel, ankle or elsewhere. Once he determines the root cause of your pain, he works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you. Treatment usually includes conservative methods, like wearing supportive shoes, trying orthotic devices like arch supports, and using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) if necessary. Stretching and targeted exercise can also lead to an improvement in symptoms. In cases where the pain persists, surgery may be ideal to prevent progression and relieve discomfort.
If you’re dealing with pain from flat feet that’s limiting your ability to function, call Houston Foot and Ankle Care or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.