Flat Feet

Flat feet are a foot condition that many people deal with. Even kids can struggle with flat feet if their arches do not develop as they grow.

Our feet are essential to daily movement. They keep us upright and help us walk, run, and exercise. They are essential to maintaining good posture and keeping our balance. That’s why it is so important to take care of our feet and bodies, especially if you think you may have flat feet or are concerned that you have flat feet symptoms leading to causing pain or discomfort.

Fortunately, we can help you determine if you have flat feet and address any flat feet pain you may be experiencing.

What Are Flat Feet?

Stand up and put your feet flat on the ground if you are able. Do you notice space between the floor and your feet or do the entire soles of your feet touch the floor?

Well, if the soles on the inside of your feet touch the floor when you stand up, you likely have flat feet.

A flat foot or flat feet is not as uncommon as it may seem. According to Mayo Clinic, infants and toddlers have flat feet because the arch in the foot has yet to develop. But some people never develop arches, and those who don’t, do not always have pain or discomfort due to flat feet. Fallen arches or flat feet can also occur over time, due to wear and tear on the tendon that runs along the inside of the ankle.

An example of flat feet

What are the Symptoms of Flat Feet?

There are flat feet symptoms that you may be experiencing, however, many people with flat feet don’t experience any pain. For those that do, flat feet symptoms may include:

  • Leg cramps.
  • Muscle pain (aching or fatigue) in the foot or leg.
  • Pain in the arch, ankle, heel, or outside of the foot.
  • Pain when walking or changes in your gait (how you walk).
  • Toe drift (front part of the foot and toes point outward).
  • Pronation or rolling your foot inward.
      Treating flat feet with custom orthotics

      What Causes Flat Feet?

      Some people do not develop arches in their feet, but numerous conditions can also lead to the development of flat feet. Factors can include:

      • Obesity: Our feet are designed to support us. However, like any part of the body, they can reach a breaking point. For those who struggle with obesity, weight can put added stress and strain on the arches, potentially leading to flat feet and flat feet pain over time.
      • Age: Adult-acquired flat feet symptoms are more common in adults 40 and over, especially those who have existing health conditions on this list.
      • High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can impact the supply of blood going to your tendons, causing flat feet in the process.
      • Previous Injuries: Injuries like stress fractures may cause flat feet for some. Everything in the foot is interconnected. When one area finds itself damaged, it may not be able to fully support other areas, especially as your foot continues to experience strain and shock daily.
      • Diabetes: Those with diabetes frequently experience nerve problems associated with the feet. Flat feet symptoms in diabetics can be more severe than those with feeling in their feet. Why? Those with diabetes may not feel their arches collapse. Worse still, bones may fracture or even disintegrate as well. It’s important to seek medical help immediately should you notice deformities in your feet.
      • Arthritis: Arthritis, specifically rheumatoid arthritis, is known to cause flat feet. This form of arthritis attacks both cartilage and ligaments, potentially collapsing arches and causing further pain.
      • Damage to the Bones and Tendons: Injuries that affect ligaments, tendons, and bones in the midfoot may collapse the arch and cause flat feet.


      Treatment of Flat Feet Symptoms

      There are a few at-home treatments you can do to alleviate any pain and discomfort you may be experiencing. They include:

      • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) in combination with rest and ice to ease inflammation and pain.
      • Physical therapy and light stretching can alleviate tight tendons and muscles.
      • Wearing a brace or splint.
      • Wear orthotics or other supportive devices.

      Contact Us Today for Help with Flat Feet

      If you are currently experiencing pain, we encourage you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Flat feet pain can come on suddenly and seeking early treatment can prevent this from occurring.

      If you are concerned about your flat feet, Michigan Foot & Ankle Specialists are here to help. Contact us today to book your appointment by calling our Dearborn office at (313) 582-6222, or by filling out our online form.



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