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Supportive Shoes May Help Flat Feet

The condition that is known as flat feet may cause pain and discomfort in many patients. It is defined as a foot structure abnormality, and is noticeable as the foot lies completely flat while standing on the floor. Research has indicated the muscles and ligaments can become strained, and may cause pain while walking. It can become more prevalent in people who are obese, have high blood pressure, or are diabetic. Patients who find their feet ache as a result of flat feet may find mild relief when supportive shoes are worn. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you seek the professional advice of a podiatrist who can choose the proper treatment for flat feet.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Kenneth J. D'Ortone, DPM from Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Philadelphia, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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