Find a Fix for Your Flat Feet
We all know what to do when our car gets a flat tire – whether you can change a tire yourself or call Triple A in a flash, you make sure it’s fixed so your car is mobile again. Not many people know what to do to fix their flat feet. But not doing so truly could limit your mobility over time.
About 20% of the population suffers from flat feet, also called fallen arches or pes planus. If your arches make contact with the floor when you are standing, you may have the condition. Flat feet can occur at any point in life, from childhood to later years – and can even be the result of an injury.
The tendons in a normal foot pull together to form a moderate arch. These tendons may fail to pull together during childhood development, or wear and tear on the feet can weaken the tendon over time and cause the arch to fall. This can result in feet that tire easily; pain in the arch of the arch or heel; swelling of the bottom of the foot; back, knee, and leg pain; and difficulty moving the feet or putting pressure on the feet when standing. Obesity, foot or ankle injury, rheumatoid arthritis, aging, and diabetes can all increase your risk of flat feet.
You should make a visit to your podiatrist if you start to experience the following:
- Excessively tired feet
- Painful, achy arches or heel
- Swollen or inflamed arches
- Pain moving feet, such as standing on toes
- Back and leg pain, including knee pain
There are several treatments your doctor can guide you through, from simple foot exercises and medications to ease inflammation to orthotic devices and surgery. These can be extremely helpful in treating flat feet, including HyProCure, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that corrects foot and ankle deformities at their root cause.
If you think you might be experiencing discomfort from flat feet, visit your podiatrist and take the steps needed to ‘fix the flat’ and get mobile again!
About the Author—Dr. Parikh
Dr. Shermi Parikh, DPM, practices podiatry at the Family Foot and Ankle Center in Niles and Berwyn, Illinois. She has been in practice for over a decade and treats all aspects of foot and ankle pain using physical therapy, orthotics, minimally invasive surgical techniques, HyProCure, and laser treatment. More information about her practice and areas of specialization may be found at www.familyfootchicago.com. She believes that informed patients are best able to address podiatric conditions.