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Flat Feet

Advanced Foot & Ankle Center -  - Podiatry

Advanced Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatry & Diabetic Wound Care Specialists located across Utah

Flat feet is a type of foot deformity often diagnosed in childhood and can cause significant problems later in life. For residents in and around Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Park City, Heber City, Bountiful, Provo, St. George, and South Ogden, Utah, Advanced Foot & Ankle Center offers outstanding care for this condition. That process begins with a simple phone call or visit the online booking page.

Flat Feet Q & A

What is flat feet?

Flat feet, also called flatfoot, fallen arches, pronated foot, or pes planus, is a type of foot deformity that can be present in one or both feet. The condition is characterized by no visible arch in the bottom of the foot while standing. 

This condition usually develops during childhood and can worsen as you age. The condition is often painless but can cause problems in the ankles and knees because of changes in the alignment of your legs. 

Children often exhibit a form of flat feet called flexible flat feet. Their feet may appear almost completely flat when standing, but a normal arch can be seen when they sit or take weight off the foot. It’s important to note that all infants have flat feet, as the normal arch shape doesn’t develop until the toddler years or beyond. 

What causes flat feet?

When flat feet is present in children, the condition is usually caused by hereditary factors. Tight Achilles tendons, ligament laxity, and inadequate foot exercise can also contribute to the problem. 

In adults, flat feet has numerous causal factors, including:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Repeated stress
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Advanced age
  • Strain
  • Weight gain
  • Tendon injury

Left untreated, flat feet can cause problems like hammertoe, pain, rolled-in ankles, plantar fasciitis, bunions, shin splints, and more. 

What are some treatments for flat feet?

Treating flat feet in kids often focuses on using orthotic devices to change the distribution of weight on the feet. 

Braces can help in some cases, and getting the right kind of exercise can also be helpful. Surgery can prevent flat feet from developing into serious foot health issues in adulthood. 

For adults, treating flat feet might also include using custom orthotics, bracing, and supportive footwear. Medications can help manage pain, and physical therapy can strengthen your feet, ankles, and lower legs. 

Treating flat feet requires a customized approach. Some options can meet your specific needs better than others, and treatment often depends on whether you’re experiencing pain or other negative effects.

Surgery is an option when more conservative treatments don’t yield results, or in cases of severe deformity. You’ll learn the pros and cons of each treatment option before making a decision. 

Scheduling a diagnostic exam takes just moments using the easy online booking page. You’re also welcome to call and speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.