If the entire sole of your foot touches the floor when you stand up, you have flat feet. Although flat feet don’t always cause problems, they can affect the alignment of your knees and ankles and cause pain. The experts at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., with offices in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, and Westlake Village, California, offer custom-made orthotics for flat feet to help improve alignment and reduce pain. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Flat feet is a foot condition in which the arches of your feet haven’t developed enough to support the weight of your ankles and knees. It’s a common condition that often occurs during childhood but may also develop after an injury or from the general wear-and-tear of your daily activities.
Flat feet don’t always cause pain or other symptoms, but it can affect the alignment in your legs and lead to pain in your knees or ankles.
Your specialist at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. conducts a thorough examination to determine if you have flat feet. The examination includes an inspection of your feet while you’re sitting and standing. Your specialist may also be able to tell if you have flat feet by looking at the wear pattern on your shoes.
If you’re experiencing pain, your specialist may order additional diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
You were born with flat feet, and your arch usually develops during childhood. However, foot development varies from person to person, and your genetics may be the cause of your flat feet.
Nevertheless, your arches can fall over time. Risk factors that may increase the development flat feet include:
Injury to your foot or ankle may also cause your arch to fall.
You don’t always need treatment for flat feet. But if your flat feet are causing pain and affecting your ability to do the things you enjoy, the team at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. can help. Treatment may include:
Your specialist can also create custom-made orthotics to provide better arch support, improve alignment, and reduce your symptoms. To make your orthotics, your specialist creates a computer-generated image of your feet and uses it to make a precise insert that perfectly matches your feet and needs.
Home remedies may also be effective at relieving your pain, including rest and over-the-counter pain medication. Weight loss, if you’re overweight, can also reduce stress on your feet and legs and may help ease discomfort.
For treatment for painful and life-altering flat feet, call the specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. or book an appointment using the booking button.