Flatfoot is characterized by the sole of the foot coming into complete or near–complete contact with the ground. It may be inherited, caused by an injury, or by a condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis Flatfoot symptoms are rare, though weight gain, ill–fitting shoes, or excessive standing may cause pain. Treatment includes foot–strengthening exercises and orthotics. Contact Podiatrists near Wellington for Flat Foot Treatments Dr. Jacoby is the best podiatrist in Phoenix and Scottsdale and has won numerous Top Doc Awards. Valley Foot Surgeons can help you with your symptomatic flat feet, and the practice specializes in both nonoperative and operative management of the problem with its foot and ankle doctors
Leg Length Inequality – If one leg is longer than the other, one foot may be flat in relation to the other to compensate. Usually the foot on the longer limb will have a flatter arch in an effort to shorten that limb, balancing-out the unevenness. Leg length inequality can be caused by spinal abnormalities such as scoliosis It can also be due to an actual difference in length of one leg bone compared to the other. 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
Early on most all infants appear to have this common foot condition as the muscles of the foot have yet to develop. Your arch develops during childhood and as such, most children outgrow this problem as they become older and develop increased muscle control and coordination. A true flat foot is rare. Generally, a flat-footed person is only suffering from a functional flat foot caused by excess pronation. Excess Pronation causes the foot’s arch to collapse & elongate giving the appearance of a flat foot. A functional flat foot is quite common and generally exhibits symptoms ranging from sore/tired feet to general leg fatigue and body aches.
High arches tend to be the more prevalent of midfoot dysfunctions. They occur due to significant shortening of the soft tissues of the medial longitudinal arch. Often, this is a trained response to the types of shoes we wear. For years, shoe manufacturers have increased the amount of arch support, especially in running shoes. However, more is not always better. The increase in support leads to weakening of the muscles as they no longer have to work to support the arch. The other soft tissues, such as ligaments and fascia, will shorten because of the prolonged posturing due to the arch support.
The most direct way to influence your foot health and function is with your shoes and orthotics. The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine advises runners who are overpronators to wear running shoes classified as either “maximum stability” or “stability.” These shoes include asics gel-fortitude and new balance 850, and they provide adequate arch support, cushion and help stabilize foot movements. Because shoes are not custom-made, orthotics can provide additional support that is specific to your needs. Semi-rigid orthotics are recommended because they support your arches, improve gait efficiency and prevent further deterioration of your arches, according to a 2004 article in the “British Medical Journal.”
There are a number of orthodics (arch support products) out there on the market designed to fit every case on an individual basis. Prices range anywhere from $5 to upwards of $300 for inserts or specialized shoes. Before trying any, it would be most important to have your feet evaluated by a medical specialist known as a podiatrist. He or she will observe the way your feet fall with each step, and take imprints of your footsteps to determine how badly the soles touch the ground. The way your toes touch the ground will also be noted, and any physical symptoms you might have will be discussed.