Angelina Jolie, multi-awarded actress, is said to have flat feet. But what is this foot condition and does it pose a serious threat to her career? It appears that this foot condition is not stopping her from performing her roles. But let us understand what a flat foot is and how does it affect our health.
What is flat feet?
Flat feet is a common and often painless condition that occurs when the arches fails to develop during childhood. But there are also cases when a flat foot develops after an injury or a side effect of aging.
What are the possible causes of flat feet?
- An abnormality present at birth
- Damage or the inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon
- Some health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis
- Stretched or torn tendons
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Nerve problems
What are some of the symptoms of flat feet?
Consult a podiatrist if you notice any of these symptoms. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.
- Feet tire easily
- The inside bottom of your feet become swollen
- Back and leg pain
- Painful or achy feet
- Difficult to move
Most people don’t show any signs and symptoms of flat feet. But there are also people with flat feet who experience foot pain especially in the heel or arch area. Extreme activity will just worsen the pain and will lead to swelling of your foot. If you are feeling any kind of pain, don’t hesitate to see a doctor immediately.
What are the possible treatments for flat feet?
Flat feet may not be a cause of concern especially if it does not cause pain or discomfort. Your feet will grow and develop the same whether you use any special shoes, heel cups, shoe inserts, or wedges. Walking barefoot, running or jumping cannot make your flat feet worse. If you are experiencing pain because of flat feet, the following tips may help:
- Special shoe
- Arch support or orthotic
Painful flat feet must be checked by a health care provider as soon as possible to determine the best kind of treatment. Some cases of painful flat feet can be treated without surgery.But if other treatments do not work, surgery is recommended to relieve pain.
Can we prevent flat foot?
Sad to say, but no. Most cases are not preventable but you can contact your doctor right away if you suspect that you have a flat foot.
What are the possible complications of flat feet?
- Pain that does not go away
- Failure of the fused bones to heal
- Loss of ankle movement
- Foot deformity that does not go away
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot disorders. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.