Having flatfeet can lead to chronic arch or heel pain, but because this condition affects your gait, you can even experience discomfort in your ankles, knees, and hips. If you have, or your child has, flatfeet, schedule an evaluation with Jason Gold, DPM, or Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS, of Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. These dedicated podiatrists specialize in both adult and pediatric flatfeet treatment in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida. Book your appointment online or call either location to schedule.
Having flatfeet means that you have fallen arches. Flatfeet can either be a developmental issue from childhood or form later on in your adult life. There are multiple causes of both pediatric and adult flatfeet.
Babies and young children naturally have flatfeet because their bones and joints are more flexible, which causes their feet to flatten while standing. As your child grows, arches start developing, and flatfeet disappear, usually by age six. In about 10-20% of children though, feet remain flat, which can lead to problems throughout adolescence and adulthood.
Adults can develop flatfeet later on in life for a variety of reasons. You can have flatfeet due to:
Sometimes, adult flatfeet are a side effect of wear-and-tear as a result of getting older.
While not always a medical concern, sometimes flatfeet can worsen to the point where they affect the way you walk, which can lead to all kinds of symptoms. Flatfeet can lead to:
For pediatric flatfeet, you might notice that your child has an abnormally stiff foot. This can limit their side-to-side foot motion, as well as their up-and-down ankle motion.
Treating flatfeet depends on the severity of your condition and any symptoms you’re experiencing. At Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus evaluate your flatfeet and talk with you about various treatment options. Your flatfeet treatment plan may include:
In many cases, daily stretching exercises are essential for resolving flatfeet discomfort, especially for children. For example, if flatfeet are associated with a tight Achilles tendon in the leg, the natural motions of the foot become limited. Specialized stretches can lengthen this connective cord and help minimize flatfeet issues.
As a last resort, your doctor at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center might recommend surgical intervention. Surgery to improve flatfeet issues can include lengthening or balancing tendons, realigning bones, or fusing joints.
Get relief from flatfeet by starting your treatment plan at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center right away. Click on the online booking feature or call either office to book your visit.