Everyone is born with flat feet but in some people, the foot arch that typically develops during childhood never occurs. Other people develop the condition known as pes planus later in life. Feet become flat when the tendons that hold the joints in feet together are loose, injured or placed under continual strain. For most people, the condition does not cause pain or interfere with normal life. If this common condition is causing you or a family member pain or discomfort, however, these tips from the experts at Premier Foot & Ankle can help you find solutions that can relieve your flat foot pain.
Genetics play a role in when it comes to feet that never develop strong arches. Anyone can experience fallen arches later in life, however, caused by normal wear and tear. The tendons that support the foot's arch can simply weaken over time. Certain factors can increase the likelihood of incurring the condition, including:
- Ankle or foot injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Physical stress
When to Get Help
If you or a family member with fallen arches is experiencing achy or tired feet after standing for a long period of time or after rigorous activity like running or playing sports, treatments are available that can help alleviate pain. Because foot problems can alter the alignment of ankles, knees and hips, pain can develop in other areas as well. A qualified McKinney podiatrist from Premier Foot & Ankle can diagnosis the condition with a simple examination and X-ray.
The type of treatment recommended for flat feet will depend on the condition's specific cause as well as your level of discomfort. Mild cases can usually be treated effectively with physical therapy and orthotics like arch supports and special shoes. In more severe cases where the feet have become rigid, flat foot surgery may be indicated to repair the tendons.
If someone in your family is suffering from flat foot pain, a skilled McKinney podiatrist from Premier Foot & Ankle can help. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 214-778-1239.