Posts for: June, 2019

By Mark Moss, DPM, FACFAS
June 12, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Flat Feet  

Have you ever heard the term "flat foot"? In podiatry, a flat foot means that the arch of the foot lacks proper height, a characteristic which flat feetcan result in some serious pain. Fortunately, here at Coastal Foot and Ankle in Houston, TX, flat feet get the treatment they deserve! Dr. Moss and Dr. Hassan can help correct the problem, allowing patients to have pain-free movement and be as active as they want to be.

 

How flat feet happen

Your Houston podiatrists see many patients with flat feet, an attribute that they largely blame on heredity. In other words, flat feet run in families.

However, some developmental and health conditions may also contribute to flat feet, including:

  • Traumatic injury to the foot (a ruptured tendon or a fracture as examples)
  • Obesity
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Arthritis

 

Diagnosis and treatment of flat feet

If you're experiencing any recurring foot pain, please contact Coastal Foot and Ankle. Here, Dr. Moss or Dr. Hassan will examine your feet, perform an X-ray screening, and do a gait analysis (see how you place your feet when you walk).

Usually, people with fallen arches pronate (i.e. roll) their feet toward the midline as they walk. While this is normal for young children to do, older children, teens, and adults should all have an obvious-looking and pain-free arch.

Your foot doctor will customize your care plan to suit your foot structure, medical needs, level of activity, and age. Care strategies may include:

  • Rest and ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • Taping of the arch to support it
  • Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, to correct gait problems and provide proper support
  • Changing footwear to quality sneakers or other kinds of shoes which provide ample arch support
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as cortisone injections or over-the-counter ibuprofen
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Braces for the affected tendon

Most cases of flat feet respond well to conservative measures. However, sometimes surgery is the best option to correct deficiencies in tendon structure and function. Both Dr. Hassan and Dr. Moss are experts in reconstructive surgeries of the foot. So, you know you are in the best of hands.

 

Fix those flat feet

Here at Coastal Foot and Ankle, our professional staff is ready and eager to help you feel good and be as mobile as possible. For a consultation, please contact one of our two offices: for Pearland, phone (281) 485-2988, and for Houston, call (281) 484-2400.




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