Flatfeet

Flatfeet is a common condition in which the arch of one or both feet is very low or nonexistent. It’s easy to visually identify flatfeet because the person’s entire sole touches the ground when they stand. For many people, the condition is painless. However, it may lead to other issues later on. If you suspect you have flatfeet, contact Dr. Anant Joshi for diagnosis and treatment. 


More About Flatfeet


Arches are important when it comes to proper weight distribution. The structure of the arch will determine how a person walks. When a person has this condition, you may notice that their feet roll inward, putting undue pressure on the foot’s ligaments and muscles. Continuously walking on a turned ankle will also add strain to the hip and knee. Longterm, this can impact a person’s mobility and joint health. 


Common Signs and Symptoms


Pain is the most apparent sign of flatfeet. Patients may feel discomfort in the foot, ankle, and other parts of the body, such as the lower back and hip. There may also be some swelling and stiffness in one or both feet. Because flatfeet can cause uneven weight distribution, it’s not uncommon for people to wear their shoes down more on one side. 


Causes of Flatfeet


There are multiple causes attributed to flatfeet. Identifying the cause may help with treatment. Some of the most common reasons include:


  • Genetics

  • Arthritis

  • Diabetes 

  • Weak arches

  • Muscle disease

  • Previous injury

  • Damage to the posterior tibial tendon


Infants and young children often have flat feet. This is because their arches are still forming. Usually, podiatrists will not be concerned unless the arch is still not visible by age seven. 


Diagnosis and Treatment


It’s not uncommon for people with flat feet to experience no pain. If people can live a fully functional life, then treatment is not necessary. However, if a patient starts to feel pain or discomfort, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anant Joshi at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC. 


The doctor will make a diagnosis after examining your feet and watching how you walk. In some instances, additional testing may be required to rule out other issues. 


Once a diagnosis is determined, it’s time to start a treatment plan. In some instances, quality shoes may provide the support needed to walk, stand, and run without pain. A patient may use a wedge to create better weight distribution. The doctor may suggest specific exercises that stretch tendons and muscle and provide some pain relief. Over-the-counter pain medication may reduce the discomfort that people feel as they work through their recovery. It is not uncommon for Dr. Anant Joshi to suggest a combinational treatment to suit the patient’s specific needs. 


Complications


Not everybody experiences complications from flatfeet. However, patients suffering from other foot conditions sometimes report that flat feet make the condition feel worse. Over time, flat feet can impact the body’s alignment and influence a person’s mobility. In rare cases, bones may not develop properly for children who are born with flat feet. If this happens, the patient may require surgery. 


Contact Us Today


Flatfeet is a condition that impacts many people. For some, there is no reason for treatment. However, if having flat feet affects your quality of life, it’s time to get the help you need. Dr. Joshi at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC has years of specialized experience helping patients just like you. Contact our Woodland Park, NJ office today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to helping you get back to a fully functional life.