Flat Feet

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What is Flat Feet?

Flatfeet, also called flatfoot, is a common condition in which the arches on the inside of the feet flatten out when they are put under pressure. When people with flatfeet stand up, their feet point outward and their whole soles touch the floor.

All kids are born with flat feet. Most arches are formed by age 6. About 2 out of 10 people who had flat feet as children still do. Some people have collapsed arches, which is another name for flat feet.

Flat Feet Symptoms

Most people with flatfoot don’t have any signs or symptoms. But some people with flat feet have pain in the heel or arch of their foot. Pain may get worse when you do things, and the inside of the foot may swell.

What Causes Flatfoot?

Flatfeet are common in babies and young children because their feet don’t have arches yet. Most people get arches as they grow up, but some people never get arches.

Some children have flexible flatfeet, which is when the arch is noticeable when the child is sitting or standing on their toes but disappears when the child stands. Most kids grow out of flexible flatfeet on their own.

Over time, the muscle that runs along the inside of the ankle and helps support the arch can weaken or tear. As the pain gets worse, arthritis may start to show up in the foot.

What Increases the Risk for Flat Feet?

Some things that can make flatfeet more likely are:

  • Obesity
  • Getting hurt on your foot or ankle
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Flatfoot Treatment

If there is no pain, treatment is not necessary. However, for a painful flatfoot condition, nonsurgical options can include:

  • Arch supports – Pain from flat feet can be eased with over-the-counter arch supports. Sometimes, doctors will suggest arch supports that are made to fit the shape of the foot. Arch supports won’t fix flatfeet, but they often make the condition easier to deal with and ease symptoms
  • Stretching exercises – Some people who have flatfeet may also have an Achilles tendon that is too short. Stretching exercises for this tendon could help
  • Physical therapy Some walkers may get overuse injuries because they have flat feet. A physical therapist can give you routines to strengthen the muscles and tendons in your feet, as well as advice on how to improve the way you walk

Surgery is not always done to fix flat feet. Surgery may be a choice for people who have tried nonsurgical treatments but still can’t do the things they want to do because of pain. The problems with the bones and tendons that are causing the pain can be fixed with surgery.

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Flatfoot Care in Eastern Tennessee

Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance has many locations in and around Knoxville where they offer orthopedic foot and ankle care. If you have pain from flat feet, make an appointment with one of our foot and ankle experts so you can get back to doing the things you love without pain.

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