Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, has many years of experience treating flat feet with innovative and well thought-out methods. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about this condition. Please also take a chance to review the Patient Education section of our website that can help provide further information about this and many other foot and ankle conditions that could have an effect on your feet.
Flat feet are a change in the shape of the foot that leads to it not having a normal and proper arch formation when in the standing position. This condition is quite common with babies and occurs due to loose tendons holding joints together. Genetic conditions that are inherited can also cause tendons to become loose, and include Ehlers-Danlos or Marfan Syndrome. Children can also develop a condition that causes the bones in the foot to become fused and cause flat feet with severe pain. The tendons generally tighten to form an arch as the years pass; however, this may not happen. Also, even for those that develop normal arches by the time they reach adulthood may develop flat feet due to traumas or illnesses that can damage the tendons. This will cause those with normal arches to develop flat fleet.
Those with flat feet may experience a lethargic or achy felling in their feet after high intensity activities for long periods of time due the looseness in their arches causing their feet to feel unequal amounts of impact. Forms of treatment include the use of orthotics, specially fitted footwear and exercises such as stretching the calf muscles.
When self-treatment is not helpful, then surgery will need to be utilized to repair the loose tendon or to fuse certain foot joints into the proper location. Surgery will be helpful to fix any deformities associated with flat feet and will reduce pain and increase function. Therefore, please contact us when you can to get a handle on your flat feet.