Flat feet are common among American adults, and they’re usually not problematic unless they start causing pain. In that case, you can see Biren Shah, DPM, at Midwest Foot and Ankle Associates for a full range of corrective foot treatments. To learn more about your treatment options, make an appointment at the Rockford, Illinois, practice by calling or using the online booking system.
Flat feet is a medical term for feet that lack proper arch support. If you have flat feet, the entire sole of your foot touches the floor when you walk or stand.
You may develop flat feet if your arches don’t develop properly as a child or if you injure your feet. Flat feet are very common and don’t usually require treatment unless they cause pain.
Though they’re generally not a problem, flat feet can throw your ankles, knees, and hips out of alignment. This can place abnormal pressure on your joints and ligaments, which can lead to injury.
Flat feet can also lead to tendon ruptures or tears as many people with flat feet have a shortened Achilles tendon.
You can usually tell if you have flat feet just by looking at them. Otherwise, you can wet your feet, take a few natural steps across the pavement, and observe your footprints. If your footprints are flat and lack a curve at the insole, then you might have flat feet.
Only a doctor can make a definitive flat feet diagnosis, so if you’re unsure, it’s important to seek medical advice. Dr. Shah can confirm flat feet with a physical examination and by looking at the wear pattern on your shoes.
If you experience foot pain, Dr. Shah may use imaging tests, such as X-rays and MRIs, to determine whether it’s your foot shape or another underlying issue causing your pain.
Dr. Shah always provides the most up-to-date, medically effective recommendations for flat feet. He provides custom-made orthotics or shoe inserts to give you the most tailored arch support.
Dr. Shah can help you improve your foot flexibility and strength with targeted exercises. He can also make pain medication and shoe recommendations if you need more help managing discomfort.
You don’t need surgery to correct flat feet. However, if your flat feet lead to tendon tears or rupture, Dr. Shah provides reparative surgery.
If your flat feet are causing you problems, get in contact with Dr. Shah online or over the phone to schedule an evaluation.