Flat feet simply means that your feet lack an arch. If you have flat feet, you’re also likely to have inward-tiling heels and toe drift, in which your toes tilt slightly outward instead of straight ahead.
There are two general types of flat feet:
Flexible flat feet have an arch when you’re sitting or laying down. But, as soon as you stand, the arch vanishes.
In rigid flat feet, you never have an arch, whether sitting or standing upright. Rigid flatfoot is a more complex type of flat feet in which the bones dictate the lack of arch.
Flat feet aren't necessarily a problem. But if it causes symptoms like sore feet, tired-feeling feet, or frequent swelling, flatfoot usually requires treatment.
Children normally have flat feet as infants and then start forming foot arches at age 2-3. In some cases, arches never form. Many adults who have flat feet never had foot arches to start with.
In other cases, you can have foot arches that flatten. This is known as fallen arches, and it can happen with tendon, ligament, or bone damage inside your feet. Fallen arches can happen suddenly, because of an accident, or gradually due to strain and pressure.
Rigid flatfoot is usually related to bone or joint abnormalities. This can include either congenital damage or traumatic damage.
Flat feet may cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, such as:
Some of these symptoms can occur with other foot conditions. For example, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis can cause heel pain, just like flat feet.
Dr. Cedeno is a skilled diagnostician who can fully evaluate your flat feet to determine if your symptoms are related to that or another underlying issue.
Flatfoot treatment is usually nonoperative, and may include:
If you have stubborn symptoms due to flat feet, you may need surgery. Dr. Cedeno is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with many years of experience in foot reconstruction. He can repair even complicated foot deformities to correct flatfoot and end your pain.
For flat feet help, book your appointment at Abacoa Podiatry and Leg Vein Center by phone or online today.
If you’re one of the 8 million adults with flat feet or fallen arches, you might wonder if that could be the root of your foot problems. The answer is a definite yes, but you need a true foot structure and anatomy specialist like Orlando Cedeno, DPM, to uncover the solutions for your flat foot problems. Reach out to Dr. Cedeno at the Abacoa Podiatry and Leg Vein Center office in Jupiter, Florida, by phone or through the online scheduling tool for flat feet solutions now.