Patients who have little or no arch in their feet may have flat feet which is a condition that can occur due to genetics. Frequently practicing stretching techniques may help the feet to feel better. Many patients find that they experience pain due to their flat feet when they change the shoes that they wear or when their exercise volume and intensity has increased. Ankle dorsiflexion, the ability to point the ankle up while in a standing position, is generally affected with flat feet. There are specific stretches that can be implemented which may help to improve ankle movement. If you were born with or have developed flat feet and are dealing with foot pain, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment for you.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Northampton and Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.