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Various Reasons to Have Flat Feet

The foot condition that is known as flat feet is apparent as the patient stands up and the entire foot lies on the floor. The medical term for this ailment is referred to as rigid pes planus, and may cause discomfort. Most babies are born with flexible flat feet, and the arch will fully develop by approximately seven years of age. Adults that have flat feet may have inherited loose ligaments, and may have extreme flexibility throughout their body. Rigid flat foot can be the result of a problem that affects the foot structure. The reasons for this can include congenital vertical talus, in which the bones in the foot are aligned improperly. This is considered to be a rare condition the patient is born with. Tarsal coalition exists when two or more of the foot bones are fused together, and often affects the flexibility of the entire foot. The condition that is known as lateral subtalar dislocation can affect people who have a normal arch, and the bone within the arch becomes dislocated. If you have flat feet for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can accurately treat this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. 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 Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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