Posts for tag: Flat Feet
What causes flat feet?
Sometimes flat feet are simply inherited (thanks mom and dad!). Other times they develop as a result of a weakening of the posterior tibial tendon due to age-related wear and tear, physical activity, and overpronation. Those who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop flat feet.
Should I be concerned about my child’s flat feet?
The arches of the feet develop during childhood, so it’s not normal for your baby or toddler to have arches. Their flat feet are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Arches typically won’t form until your child is two or three years old, and some children won’t develop arches until the age of five.
What are some ways to treat flat feet?
If you aren’t experiencing any symptoms then there is no reason to seek treatment for your flat feet; however, if you are dealing with foot pain, particularly around the heel or arches of the foot, then you should talk with your podiatrist about ways to ease your pain and prevent further flare-ups. Some conservative ways to treat flat feet include,
- Wearing properly fitted shoes that provide ample cushioning and support for the entire foot, particularly the arches and heel
- Consider getting prescription orthotics from your podiatrist, which can evenly distribute the weight throughout the foot rather than putting added pressure on the arches or heel
- Losing weight, if the patient is overweight or obese
- Taking pain relievers such as ibuprofen, which can reduce pain and swelling
- Talking to your podiatrist about special exercises that you can do to improve the strength and function of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the foot to reduce pain
- Weighing the pros and cons of surgical intervention
While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.
How to tell if you have flat feet
If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.
Symptoms of flat feet
The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.
Potential complications of flat feet
Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.
Treating flat feet
If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:
- Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
- Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
- Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
- Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.
If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.
We think it’s safe to say that almost everyone’s favorite season is autumn! What is there not to love? Comfortable weather, beautiful changes in the landscape, fun and festive seasonal activities, the impending excitement for the holiday season...the list goes on! Some of those seasonal activities include sports, for many people. If you’re a football fan, you’ll know! Fall is football season and that’s not just for the elite teams. Whether it’s the high school football team, the local college team, or a big league team in the playoffs, football is an exciting full-body sport. If you’re getting in on the action this year, here are some helpful tips for you to consider:
New shoes - Have you noticed your shoes fitting differently than they did last year? This is because, over time, our shoes can lose their firmness and supportiveness. Old shoes leave us vulnerable to twisting an ankle, developing flat feet, or other foot problems. Want to go the extra mile? Ask your foot doctor about orthotics!
Compression sleeves - If you haven't heard of compression sleeves, it’s never too late to learn! These are a type of sleeve that fits over your feet and ankles to gently constrict your blood vessels, forcing blood to pass through faster. This actually helps improve circulation and provides support while playing sports!
Checking in with your podiatrist - When we experience some minor discomfort or pain in our feet or ankles, it can be easy to dismiss it and go on without having it addressed. No pain or discomfort is small enough not to be worth mentioning to Dr. Alan J. Discont, Dr. Gregory M. Krahn, or Dr. Boyd Andrews. Don’t walk it off - get it checked!
There are so many ways to prepare ahead of time and make sure your favorite season is spent doing what you love. Nobody wants to sit on the sidelines with a hurt ankle, right? It’s time for a visit to Family Foot & Ankle Care, P.C. Give our last tip a try today and call us at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our great location in Chandler, Arizona.
When you get the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, it can sometimes be a head-scratcher. How is it that you inflicted all of this pain on your foot? It seemed perfectly fine a week ago, so how did things transpire so quickly? Plantar fasciitis can sneak up on anyone at any given moment. All it takes is a little overuse, an activity your feet aren’t used to or a traumatic injury to trigger the condition and its accompanied pain. Want the specifics? Here are some reasons why you could be plagued with plantar fasciitis.
- You gained some weight. Gaining a little weight can be harmless, but if you aren’t careful it can have dramatic effects on your health. Extra weight causes extra strain and shock to the feet which can cause the inflammation of the plantar fascia and trigger plantar fasciitis.
- Your feet aren’t shaped “normally.” What this means in the world of podiatry is that you either have a flat foot or high arched feet instead of a “typical” arch. Flat footed individuals typically experience more stress on their middle under-foot and need shoes with more cushion to prevent this condition. High-arched individuals need shoes with more shock support.
- You just took part in a Cotton-Eyed Joe marathon and you haven’t Cotton- Eye Joe’d since high school. When you partake in a rapid increase of activity, your feet will suffer. They are under an abnormal amount of strain and have no time to ease into the transition. As such, they often end up suffering from plantar fasciitis.
- You are wearing the wrong shoes. Shoes such as heels or flip flops do not have any support or shock absorption. This can cause havoc to your plantar fascia and it can endure a lot of strain because of it. Strain causes inflammation and a trip to the podiatrist’s office.
- Sports injuries can also cause plantar fasciitis. If you suffer a foot trauma such as a break or fracture coupled with blunt force trauma, you can easily suffer from plantar fasciitis paired with that injury. If you are hurt during sports, do not try to walk it off, see a podiatrist immediately.
Plantar fasciitis can be bothersome, but it is treatable by a podiatrist. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. There are treatments available to help you live pain-free.
When you hurt your feet and ankle your first instinct may be to call your general practitioner. This of course, is a good starting point, but a general practitioner is not a foot and ankle specialist. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont or Dr. Krahn from Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC are the experts regarding foot and ankle health. Their office is conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. Over their many years of practice they have seen hundreds of feet. They have seen diabetic feet, athletic feet, flat feet, high arched feet, feet with warts, feet with corns, and many other conditions and ailments. Many people wonder, what exactly does a podiatrist do? Well there is a myriad of services they provide in their daily role as podiatrists.
What Podiatrists Do
- Review patient’s history – Did you know your foot and ankle problems can result from a life time of use? Other times, certain events or past illnesses will help determine why your feet are feeling tired, achy, and inflamed. When Dr. Krahn and Dr. Discont meet with you, they will get a full medical history so that they can properly examine, diagnosis, and treat any ailment that may be presented to them.
- Examine Your Shoes – If you thought staring at your feet wasn’t enough, then just wait until they critique your shoes. Podiatrists know which shoes fit best for you and your feet. After they figure out what kind of arch you have and the size of your foot, they can then recommend a shoe that will be best fit and support your foot and ankle. These shoes will help you stay on your feet longer and prevent issue in the future.
- Prescribe medicine for treatment – Is your athletes foot itching like mad? Have you tried every over the counter option there is to no avail? Look no further! Call 480-732-0033 today and make an appointment to see our staff! Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn can prescribe you the right medication to get your athletes foot under control, as well as treat and prescribe medications for other disorders as well.
- Give a referral – If Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn have examined you and feel that a different type of specialist would assist you better, they are able to provide you with a referral to get the treatment you need with a doctor they recommend.
If you have hurt your foot or ankle and were contemplating calling your regular physician, think again! Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC today or make an appointment online. Our staff is here to help!