What Can I Do About My Flat Feet?

Flat feet affect about 8% of adults over the age of 21 in the United States, and another 4% have fallen arches. Flat feet aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they can lead to pain and discomfort that extends well beyond your feet up into your ankles, knees, and hips. Thankfully, there are a few steps we can take to offset the effects of your lack of arch support.

At Michfoot Surgeons, our team of experienced foot care specialists, led by Drs. Randy Leff and Kevin Sorensen, provides patients in Southfield, Missouri, with comprehensive foot care that keeps them up and moving. Whether you’re dealing with heel pain or flat feet, our team has the experience and knowledge to help you make your way through life without foot pain.

If your flat feet are causing problems, here’s a look at why, and more importantly, how we can help.

The road to flat feet

Your feet are incredibly complex — and small — structures that perform the enormous role of providing support, mobility, and balance for your entire body. To accomplish this successfully, each component needs to pull its weight, especially your all-important arches.

Your arches are made up of ligaments, tendons, and bones that come together to provide support and shock absorption in your feet. Some people are born with low or nonexistent arches, while others develop the problem acutely or gradually, largely due to:

There are other factors that may put you more at risk of developing flat feet, such as obesity and inactivity.

The problem with flat feet

While many people lead perfectly normal lives with flat feet, others are plagued by:

This last point is one worth examining more closely. With fallen arches, your feet may collapse inward, which can throw the lower half of your body out of alignment, causing issues in your ankles, knees, hips, and even your low back. This type of cascading effect makes flat feet far more than a localized issue for some.

Tackling flat feet

If your flat feet are causing you pain or discomfort, there are several ways we approach the problem. After thoroughly examining your feet and identifying the cause of the issue, we prefer to start out conservatively in your treatment plan with:

Most of our patients respond well to these measures, and they’re able to regain pain-free movement. 

If, however, your flat feet stem from a tendon rupture or tear, we may recommend a surgical solution that remedies your tendon issue and resolves your flat feet at the same time. 

Our team is made up of board-certified foot surgeons, so rest assured, you’re in great hands when it comes to a surgical solution for your flat feet.

If you’re in pain or discomfort because of flat feet, please give us a call at 248-355-4000 or use our convenient online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

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