Flat feet can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including foot and back pain, as well as limited mobility. If you’re experiencing these or other symptoms, don’t wait to seek help. The expert team of podiatrists at Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, regularly diagnoses and treats flat feet in both children and adults. To request your consultation, call the office, or use the online scheduling tool today.
Flat feet is a common foot deformity characterized by flattened or nonexistent arches. If you have flat feet, the soles of your feet make contact with the floor every time you stand up.
Flat feet don't always cause problems. Many people with flat feet live healthy, active lives and don’t need treatment. In some cases, though, flat feet cause ankle and knee pain. They can also negatively affect the alignment of your legs.
The symptoms of flat feet vary from person to person. Common telltale signs of flat feet include:
If you have flat feet, you might also notice that your pain increases with physical activity, such as walking or running.
Flat feet affect people of all races and genders, but certain factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience flat feet if you’ve suffered a foot or ankle-related injury in the past.
To diagnose flat feet, the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York physically examines your feet and toes. Your doctor also asks you to stand up and walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture. They might also look at the wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes. Usually, these measures are enough to pinpoint the source of your discomfort.
Treatment for flat feet depends on the severity of your symptoms. The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York has extensive experience in flat foot reconstruction and treatment in both children and adults.
If you have a minor case of flat feet, you might benefit from lifestyle changes such as stretching exercises, custom-made orthotics, or physical therapy. If your pain persists, surgical intervention might be necessary. There isn’t one single surgery used to correct flat feet, but your doctor might recommend surgery to repair a related problem such as a torn or ruptured tendon.
Don’t let flat feet negatively affect your quality of life. To request an appointment at Professional Podiatry Services of New York, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.