Flat Feet Facts

Having flat feet doesn’t always cause problems. In many cases it’s just a normal variation of the structure of your foot, so unless you experience pain and discomfort it isn’t something that would give you much concern.

Some Other Causes of Flat Feet

  • Rupture of a tendon
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy

Signs of Flat Feet

You can check to see if your feet are flat by first getting your feet wet. Then stand on a hard surface on a piece of paper or cardboard so you can see your footprints. In a normal arch, you will see a blank area in the middle of your footprint, however, if your feet are flat, almost the entire bottom of your foot touches the ground.

Other clues that you may have flat feet include:

  • Your feet will appear to turn outward at the ankles when you are standing
  • Your shoes will have uneven wear patterns
  • You may feel strain in your lower back and hips
  • Pain and discomfort in the arch area, inside of your ankles, or your calf muscle
  • Pain in your feet after standing up or walking for extended periods

What to Do About Flat Feet

The most important thing you can do about flat feet that are causing you pain and discomfort is to have them evaluated by your podiatrist. Stretching exercises, arch supports, and physical therapy will all help to eliminate pain. Severe complications may arise from having flat feet that aren’t properly treated. These may include:

So don’t dismiss your painful flat feet and hope the problem will just go away on its own.

If you are currently experiencing problems from having flat feet, the podiatrists at Havertown Podiatry, in Havertown, PA are experts in all aspects of foot and ankle care. Our team of doctors is dedicated to helping you with all of the latest diagnostic equipment and services. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to make an appointment by calling 610-449-3344.

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