When feet fall flat, it can cause an imbalance in your stride and lead to an unnecessary situation. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can treat this condition at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Please also check out our Patient Education library for more detailed information.
Flat Feet occur when the arches of the feet do not constrict correctly. Since those tendons have not developed correctly, there’s no proper arch to support the foot and without it, a larger than normal surface area of the foot hits the floor, which may lead to injuries and complications. Arches can fail due to normal wear and tear over years. This weakens the tendon of your ankle, which seriously hinders support of your arch. Factors that contribute to the formation of flat feet include aging, medical conditions such as obesity or diabetes and severe injuries. Playing sports when having this condition can be painful because the ankles move inwards. This inward rotation can lead to abnormal angles in the ankle and surrounding joints. Inflammation is likely to occur around the ankle due to the foot’s surface area hitting the ground unevenly, causing abnormal pressure distribution points.
Treatment includes well-fitting shoes, stretching, relaxation, physical therapy, walking barefoot and losing weight. Complications can occur if flat feet become worse. When your walk becomes abnormal and your foot’s balance is compromised, the use of orthotics will help as they can simulate the arch support that is likely missing in those who suffer from flat feet. Physical therapy can be used to help diminish the rotation of the ankles from going inwards, which in turn helps to correct an abnormal stride.
This condition does not have to get to the point of being painful if treated timely. So, please contact us as early as possible to receive treatment that can bring back the arch in your feet!