There are many causes of flat feet, including decreased exercising and increased weight. Most people have a gap under the arch of their foot when they are standing. Those with flat feet either have no arch or a very low arch. Their feet may roll over to the inner side when they are standing, resulting in the feet pointing outwards. They may experience pain in their feet and leg joints. If flat feet cause pain, an evaluation with a podiatrist can determine the cause. The exact treatment will depend on the cause of the flat feet. Some common treatments are shoe inserts, rest, and anti-inflammatory medication. Complications of having flat feet include shin splints and stress fractures.
To determine the best approach for the treatment of flat feet and other foot conditions, a podiatrist will examine the foot; perform a gait analysis; and look at the patient's medical history, past medical problems, length and frequency of symptoms, types of current activity, and pain and problems in other parts of the body. We offer comprehensive care for all podiatric concerns for feet of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Call us at 508-757-4003 for an appointment at 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester.
HINT: Flat feet are associated with ankle, knee, and lower back pain.