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What Are the Signs of Flat Feet?

Monday, 26 April 2021 00:00

Flat feet are a common condition in which the feet lack a visible arch in the sole when weight is placed on them. There are several telltale signs of flat feet. The first is overpronation, an abnormal gait in which your feet roll inwards when you walk. If you have an overpronated gait, you may notice that the soles of your shoes wear more quickly along the inner border. Other signs of flat feet include having feet that point slightly outward when you walk or stand, pain in the joints of your lower limbs, hips, and lower back, and pain in the arch of the foot. If you are experiencing discomfort due to flat feet, please see a podiatrist for treatment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.  

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

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 one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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