Flat Foot Pain

Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine -  - Podiatrist

Kevin Blue, DPM

Podiatrist located in Parker, CO

Flat Foot Pain Specialist
Flat foot pain affects millions of adults and kids in the United States, making simple activities like walking, hiking, or participating in sports and social activities very uncomfortable. Fortunately, Dr. Kevin Blue is skilled in diagnosing the cause of flat feet, recommending custom treatment options based on each patient’s unique needs as well as their lifestyle to help relieve symptoms and prevent them from recurring. Treatment for flat foot pain in patients throughout the Parker, Colorado region begins with a comprehensive evaluation using state-of-the-art techniques available at Colorado Foot + Ankle Sports Medicine.

Flat Foot Pain Q & A

by Kevin Blue, DPM

What are flat feet?

Flat feet is a condition that develops when the ligaments and other structures that support the midfoot region become weak or damaged or simply don’t develop normally during early childhood. When a person with flat feet stands up, the entire sole (or nearly the entire sole) touches the floor; by contrast, in a normal foot, the curved arch portion of the midfoot remains off the floor, providing critical support for the midfoot region as well as the ball of the foot and even the ankle.

The arch is important for maintaining flexibility in the feet and for helping to maintain balance when walking and standing.

What causes flat feet?

You can develop flat feet as you get older as a result of wear and tear from walking, running, hiking, and other activities that cause the supportive tendons, ligaments, and other tissues to weaken or become damaged. Flat feet can also develop as a result of injury or congenital defect, and they’re more common among people with:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

What symptoms can flat feet cause?

The most common symptom is usually focused on the arch area but often extends along the entire bottom of the foot to the toe and heel areas. Many people experience significant discomfort along the inner edge of the foot, especially when standing.

Flat foot pain can be accompanied by other symptoms like tingling or burning sensations as inflammation in the area increases. Without proper treatment, many people with flat feet experience gait changes as they try to minimize their painful symptoms. These changes can result in pain and strain in the:

  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Lower back

How are flat feet treated?

Treatment for flat foot pain begins with a complete exam, sometimes accompanied by X-rays, to confirm a diagnosis and guide treatment. Once the diagnosis has been made, Dr. Blue may:

  • Recommend custom orthotics (special shoe inserts designed specifically for each patient) to provide support for the arch and entire foot
  • Provide medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Prescribe special exercises and stretches to promote circulation and relieve inflammation
  • Recommend physical therapy or ultrasound therapy to relieve pain and swelling

When these conservative options aren’t effective in providing long-term relief, Dr. Blue may recommend surgery to repair and restore your arch.

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