Flat feet is a common condition, but it sometimes creates uncomfortable or disruptive symptoms. Scott Norris, DPM, and Camille Christensen, DPM, of C&S Foot and Ankle have helped many residents of McKees Rock, Pennsylvania, find lasting relief from flat feet symptoms. All it takes is a quick call or a few moments online to book your face-to-face visit.

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What is flat feet?

Flat feet, also referred to as flatfoot, is a common type of foot deformity in which most of the bottom area of your feet make contact with the ground when standing. Interestingly, all infants are born with flat feet, but most will develop an arched foot as they grow.

Some people never develop arches in their feet. Others have a distinct arch that flattens over time. Regardless of how your flat feet developed, you may or may not experience problematic symptoms. If your flat feet are not causing pain or other problems, treatment is not necessary.

What are some symptoms of flat feet?

The easiest way to determine if you have the condition is to view your foot from the side while standing. If there is very little separation between the sole of your foot and the ground or floor, you likely have flat feet.

If symptoms arise, you should consider reaching out to C&S Foot and Ankle for a diagnostic exam. Some of the symptoms of flat feet include:

  • Pain in your foot, arch area, or lower leg
  • Bunions
  • Shin splints
  • Rolled-in ankles
  • Abnormal walking gait
  • Swelling in your foot
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Hammertoe

If you notice these changes, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit. Treatment can help improve your foot function and prevent additional complications from flat feet.

How is flat feet treated?

In children, conservative treatment options include braces, custom orthotic insoles, and exercise. Surgery is often a good course of action for kids, as correcting flat feet during childhood can prevent complications later in life.

Adults also benefit from bracing, wearing insoles, and exercise. Physical therapy is another option and helps you strengthen the muscles in your feet and legs. If you’re significantly overweight, reaching and maintaining a healthier weight is among the best ways to treat flat feet.

Surgery is never the first choice when treating flat feet in adults. However, if more conservative options fail to improve your pain and you begin to experience limited mobility, surgical correction can alter the bone and tendon problems common in people with flat feet.

Explore your options in greater detail during a personalized consultation. Online booking is an option, or you can always call to find a time that fits your busy schedule.