Some people have no symptoms at all, while others report that flat foot affects their quality of life daily. The most common symptoms include:
The arch in your foot is created when all of the tendons in your foot are pulling correctly to create tension; when tendons fail to do this, flat foot results.
Many different conditions and factors can contribute to flat foot, including fractures, congenital abnormalities, tendons that are stretched or torn, certain health conditions, diabetes, obesity, aging, and pregnancy.
If you have flat feet, but they don’t cause any problems for you, there’s no need to see a doctor. However, if you deal with tired feet, aches and pains, leg and back pain, or swelling on the bottom of your feet, make an appointment.
A podiatrist — a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle problems — will review your medical history and symptoms with you, examine your feet and gait, test your strength and range of motion, and order X-rays or an MRI if they need more information.
Some podiatrists may ask to see your shoes; this allows them to check for certain wear patterns that might indicate flat foot.
Treatment varies depending on severity and symptoms. Treatment can include:
No two cases are the same; your doctor will likely try conservative treatments before recommending more invasive treatments like injections or surgery. If surgery is required, some surgical procedures can be performed on-site at Starrett Podiatry for your comfort.
At Starrett Podiatry, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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