While we might not give much thought to the shape of our feet, many people are dealing with flat feet, or fallen arches. When someone has little to no arch in their feet they are considered to have flat feet. While some people with flat feet will never even notice that they have it or experience issues, other people may deal with recurring foot pain, shin splints and other problems. Fortunately, Dr. Staci Bogin and her team at Elite Foot & Ankle Clinic can help you find ways to prevent foot complications related to flat feet.
What causes flat feet?
There are many reasons why someone may have flat feet. In some cases, if one or both of your parents have flat feet then it’s possible that you could have them, too. Those with previous foot and ankle injuries, certain muscle or nervous system diseases (e.g., muscular dystrophy), and those with weak arches are more likely to have flat feet.
Do my flat feet require treatment?
If you aren’t experiencing any foot, ankle, leg or hip problems, then you may never need to seek treatment for your flat feet; however, if you notice persistent heel pain, shin splints, stress fractures, calluses and other complications related to flat feet, then you will want to turn to Dr. Bogin and her team here at Elite Foot & Ankle Clinic to find out how to properly care for your flat feet to prevent complications in the future.
How are flat feet treated?
When you come into our Thornton, CA, practice, we will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your feet and ankles to determine if you are dealing with flat feet or if there is another condition or problem at play. If we do diagnose you with flat feet there are several strategies that we will implement including,
- Shoe recommendations
- Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Physical therapy
A simple heel cord stretch, which we can show you in our office, can also help alleviate any soreness, achiness or tightness in the feet. Rest will also go a long way to reducing pain caused by flat feet. Of course, you should always consult our podiatric team before you start treating a foot problem on your own. We can help you find more effective solutions to prevent painful flat feet.