What Problems Are Caused by Flat Feet?

A person’s flat foot on the ground Flat feet, or fallen arches, are a common condition affecting many individuals. While often not a cause for concern, they can lead to various problems if left unaddressed.

It’s important to grasp the problems linked to flat feet to keep your feet healthy and overall well-being in check. Discover some of the most well-known issues caused by flat feet below.

What are Flat Feet?

Individuals who have flat feet can have one or both feet flat on the ground due to either an extremely low arch or no arch at all. This ailment may affect how the body aligns when walking, jogging, or standing.

Problems Caused by Flat Feet

Understanding the risks associated with flat feet is important for maintaining foot health and overall well-being. Here are some potential issues to be aware of if you suspect you have flat feet.

Increased Risk of Pain

Having flat feet can raise the chances of experiencing pain in the hipsknees, and ankles due to the altered body alignment while standing, walking, or running.

Other Health Issues

Some other health issues can be caused or made worse by flat feet, including injuries to the Achilles tendon and rheumatoid arthritis. Flat feet are also more likely to arise in conjunction with other health issues and situations, from being overweight or pregnant to having conditions like cerebral palsy or Down syndrome.

Treatment and Prevention

For many individuals with flat feet, significant treatment may not be necessary. However, if you experience foot pain, stiffness, or related issues, your healthcare provider might suggest nonsurgical solutions. In rare cases, addressing rigid flat feet or complications involving bones or tendons may require surgery.

Common treatments include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), along with rest and ice, ease inflammation and pain.
  • Physical therapy, which aims to stretch and strengthen tight tendons and muscles, enhancing flexibility and mobility.
  • Supportive devices, such as foot orthotics, foot or leg braces, and custom-made shoes.

You can’t always prevent flat feet, but maintaining a healthy weight can also alleviate associated pain.

Schedule a Consultation in New York

Are you experiencing discomfort or issues related to flat feet? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Orthopedic Associates of Long Island (OALI).

We aim to address your injury and avoid future occurrences. If you require assistance in maintaining optimal orthopedic health, we’re here to offer support and guidance.

Our physicians, spread across eight convenient locations throughout Long Island, NY, are ready to work with you. Contact us today at (631)-689-6698 to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward healthier, pain-free feet.

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