Flat feet is a common condition that can cause pain and mobility issues for some. If you suffer from foot or ankle pain due to fallen arches and flat feet, the experienced team of physicians at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago offers diagnostic and treatment options for flat feet to improve your mobility and alleviate pain. Schedule your evaluation for flat feet today, online or by phone, to learn more about your treatment options.
Flat feet is a condition where your arches fall, causing the entire sole of your foot to touch the floor. While this condition is common and generally painless, you may develop issues in your ankles and knees as a result of flat feet.
When flat feet cause pain in your foot, especially in the heel or arch area, or you experience functionality issues in the ankle or knee, you should seek treatment to prevent a worsening of your pain.
In some cases, people develop flat feet due to the improper development of the foot arches in childhood.
You may also develop flat feet in adulthood due to the natural aging process. Wear and tear can cause a breakdown of the tendon that supports the arch, causing it to fall.
Other common causes of flat feet include:
A combination of these issues can cause your arches to fall earlier in life, which can interfere with your job or your ability to stay physically active.
Your Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists provider performs a physical evaluation of the structure of your foot to confirm a flat feet diagnosis. They may also you to stand on your toes or heels to examine your arches and surrounding structures.
If you experience pain as the result of flat feet, your physician may order an imaging test to get a better look at the inner structures of your foot. Tests may include:
Some with flat feet experience no pain or other issues that affect their mobility. If pain or dysfunctionality is interfering with your life, your Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists physician can recommend treatment to alleviate pain and help you walk without difficulty.
Your Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists physician can determine the best course of treatment based on the severity of your pain and other symptoms.
In many cases, orthotic devices can provide you with arch support to alleviate pain and improve function. Your provider may also recommend certain exercises or physical therapy to prevent injuries, especially if you participate in sports and high-impact activities.
If foot pain due to fallen arches is disrupting your life, schedule a consultation with the experts at Miklos Foot and Ankle Specialists today, online or by phone.