Posts for: January, 2019

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
January 25, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

What's the cause of flat feet? Is this podiatric condition something to be concerned about? At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates in Houston, TX, Dr. Mark Moss is an expert in flat feet and how to correct them. He and his associate, Dr. Hina Hassan, can help you resolve the discomforts of this common problem so you can be pain-free and fully functional.

What is a flat foot?

Basically, a flat foot has no appreciable arch between the heel and the toes. Noticeable as a person walks barefoot, a flat foot contacts the ground over its entire surface. The official name for the gait (or way a flat-footed person walks) is overpronation, and this condition often leads to other foot and ankle problems such as painful plantar fasciitis.

Flat feet in Houston vary in severity with the most painful and dysfunctional kind being called rigid flat foot, says research from the Cleveland Clinic. This condition comes from a congenital foot deformity, spina bifida or a disease such as cerebral palsy. Adults may develop flat feet through:

  • Age (over 40)
  • Being too sedentary
  • A fracture of a bone in the foot or a sprained tendon known as the tibialis posterior tendon
  • Being overweight

Treatments for flat feet

Upon visual examination, gait analysis and X-ray imaging (as needed), Dr. Moss can diagnose flat feet definitively and compose a treatment plan to prevent further damage and to lessen symptoms.

Well-fitting shoes and stretching exercises often help flat feet acquired as an adult. Customized shoe inserts or ankle braces also stabilize foot structure and balance. Rest, ice, and elevation of the feet above heart level reduce inflammation and pain as do over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Finally, Dr. Moss may recommend reconstructive surgery for patients whose foot function does not improve with more conservative interventions. A bone fracture or torn ligament or tendon in the foot may need surgery, immobilization and rehabilitation to obtain a successful result.

Learn more

Flat feet are no joke. At Coastal Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Mark Moss sees many patients with this problem and set them on a path to optimal podiatric wellness. They'd love to help you. Please call one of our two convenient offices for a consultation. In Pearland, TX, phone (281) 485-2988, and in Houston, TX, please call (281) 484-2400.




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