If you have flat feet, arches on the bottoms of your feet are almost nonexistent. If you aren’t sure whether or not your feet are flat, then you can try the wet footprint test. After a shower or swim, walk with your bare feet along a solid surface and then examine the footprints. Normally, you would be able to tell where your arch is in your footprints. Those with flat feet will show no arch.
If you have flat feet and want to make sure that they aren’t causing any problems for your foot health, or if you are experiencing pain, contact our office today.
What causes flat feet?
Flat feet is a normal condition in early childhood, because the arch in the foot doesn’t develop until the toddler years as tissues form. For some individuals, the arches simply never form as they should. Another cause of flat feet in children is a painful condition called tarsal coalition, which is characterized by two or more bones in the foot that have grown together.
General aging can also cause the arches to fall due to wear and tear of the tendons that support the arch. Some injuries can also cause the tendons to stop being able to support the arch. Knowing the cause of flat feet is helpful in determining the best method for flat foot correction and reconstruction in Orange County at our office. Your foot doctor will want to talk to you about your symptoms and medical history in order to determine what could be causing your flat feet.
Are flat feet painful?
In adults, flat feet typically do not cause any pain. If you do experience pain, it usually occurs in the heel or the arch. You might also experience swelling on the inside of the ankle.
If you don’t have any pain in your feet directly, it is also possible for flat feet to cause pain in your knees or ankles. This is because flat feet can slightly change the alignment in your legs.
If you are experiencing no pain, treatment is typically not necessary for flat feet. However, if you are in pain, you should talk to your doctor. You may need flat foot correction and reconstruction in Orange County in order to relieve your symptoms and restore the arch in your foot.
When should I see a doctor for flat feet?
Flat feet isn’t always a condition that requires prompt medical attention. Since many patients experience no pain, it can even go unnoticed without issues at times. However, flat feet can contribute to a number of conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, neuromas, bunions, achilles tendonitis, and more. It can also contribute to the development of corns and calluses or pain experienced in the knee, lower back, or legs. It is a good idea to contact your doctor for a consultation if you are experiencing pain as a result of flat feet or if it is impeding on your life in any way. There are a number of minimally invasive treatment methods that could help, and flat foot correction and reconstruction in Orange County is a possibility for patients in extreme pain or discomfort.