Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration
Orthopedic Surgery & Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, & Frisco, TX
Having flat feet can lead to chronic arch and heel pain that worsens with any kind of physical activity. If your flat feet are causing you pain, top-rated orthopedists Charles Cook, MD, and John Noack, MD, and the skilled team at the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration provide innovative treatment solutions in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Frisco, Texas. Get started on your flat feet treatment plan by booking an evaluation over the phone with any office location today.
Flat Feet Q & A
What causes flat feet?
Flat feet are common and tend to occur when your arches don’t develop during childhood. This may be due to genetics. But it’s also possible to develop flat feet as an adult (adult-acquired flatfoot), even if you previously had proper, supportive arches. Common factors that lead to flat feet include:
- Trauma, such as a fracture
- Injury to connective tissues
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sedentary lifestyle
Being overweight or obese may be to blame, too. The extra weight puts added strain on the connective tissues in your feet — like your plantar fascia — which can cause your arches to fall.
Do I need to see a doctor for flat feet?
Not always. In some cases, men and women function entirely normally with flat feet and never experience discomfort. Other times, though, flat feet are known for causing chronic foot pain. It’s important to visit the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration for a flat feet evaluation if you experience:
- Swelling near your heel or ankle
- Pain that worsens with activity
- Throbbing arch pain
You should also visit the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration for an exam if you developed flat feet after an injury, such as a foot fracture. By examining you and looking at digital X-ray or ultrasound imaging, your doctor can find out why you have flat feet and determine the best course of treatment for your unique needs.
What is the treatment for flat feet?
It just depends on the severity of your symptoms. To alleviate and prevent foot pain, your orthopedist may recommend combining several of the following treatments:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Footwear modifications
- Daily stretching exercises
- Custom orthotic inserts
- Physical therapy
- Arch supports
Surgery is an option in some cases, too. For instance, if you have a torn tendon or unstable joints that are causing your flat feet, your dedicated orthopedist from the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration might recommend surgery to make any essential repairs.
Call the Center for Foot and Ankle Restoration clinic nearest you today to book your flat feet evaluation, so you can get the foot pain relief you deserve.
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