If you have flat feet, you’re also more likely to experience foot or ankle pain and other mobility challenges. At Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, in Marrero, Louisiana, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons, Catherine Hudson, DPM, Denise Elliott, DPM, and the team specialize in treating flat feet with a conservative and minimally invasive approach. Call Foot

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What are flat feet?

If you have flat feet, your arches make complete contact with the floor when you’re standing.

Everyone is born with flat feet, but children typically develop arches by age six. Researchers don’t know why, but about 2 of 10 people never form arches.

Flat feet don’t always cause issues, but if you have pain or poor mobility, it’s crucial to seek treatment.

What are the symptoms of flat feet?

Flat feet symptoms include:

  • Leg cramps
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain when walking
  • Pain in the arch, ankle, or heel

As the condition worsens, you might change the way you walk.

What causes flat feet?

Some people develop flat feet due to the natural aging process or weight gain. Other times, they occur because of genetics or as a result of an underlying medical condition, like:

  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Broken toes

Cardiovascular issues, like high blood pressure, may also increase your risk of flat feet.

Do flat feet require medical care?

Make an appointment with the Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, team if you have flat feet and experience balance issues, difficulty walking, or stiff feet. That’s particularly true if your symptoms continue for more than a few days or keep you from routine activities.

How are flat feet diagnosed?

Your Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your feet. They evaluate your arches when sitting, standing, and walking, and have you perform a series of easy in-office exercises. Your provider also orders X-rays to get a closer look at your bone structure.

How are flat feet treated?

The Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, team takes a conservative and integrative approach to flat feet management. They may suggest:

  • Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen muscles and tendons
  • Supportive devices, like custom orthotics
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Wearing comfortable and supportive shoes

You may also benefit from lifestyle changes. For example, maintaining a healthy weight can take a significant amount of pressure off your feet and ankles.

Call Foot and Ankle Center, LLC, today to learn more about the treatment of flat feet, or book your appointment online.