Painful flat or high arched feet can make it difficult to walk and to find shoes.Dr. Schoenhaus will help you to find a comfortable but elegantly looking solution to your problems. Having studied the flat foot extensively, Dr. Schoenhaus has a thorough understanding of the mechanics of the foot during locomotion and what needs to be done to control and/ or accommodate those deformities.
Other conditions associated with flat or high arched feet include bunions and hammered toes, heel pain, arthritis, arch pain, knee pain and low back pain.
The Pediatric Flatfoot
This condition can cause pain and aching in the arch, heel or even legs. Young children will not directly complain of pain however they will complain of tiredness in their feet. They would opt out of sports and may wake at night with cramps in their feet. This condition is either flexible or rigid (bone bridge causes two bones to block motion at a joint). Long- term pain can be avoided with early intervention. A child will not outgrow a flatfoot.
Dr. Schoenhaus has extensively studied the pediatric flatfoot and has performed studies on over 100 children with this condition.
The Adult Flatfoot
This is more advanced than the pediatric flatfoot. Some adults may have a flexible flatfoot that is easily corrected or the joints have adapted and can be arthritic.
In treatment of a flatfoot there are two options:
- Orthotics or inserts worn in shoes to help control the mechanics of the foot. This may help to alleviate the pain and aching by creating an arch in the shoe.
- Surgery- The flatfoot is a structural and mechanical problem. If you have pain on a consistent basis, pain that prevents you from performing activities you desire and causes an inability to work and function, surgery is right for you.
Surgical intervention for a flat foot consists of the following:
- Tendon lengthening procedures
- Tendon balancing procedures
- Bone realignment
- Joint fusion- this is needed with long standing flatfoot that causes arthritis and severe deformity