Flat feet don't just cause pain in your feet but may be a contributing factor in leg or back pain. Fortunately, a visit to the foot doctor can helpflat feet you manage your condition and avoid common pitfalls. Podiatrist Dr. Mark Moss cares for patients who have flat feet in his Houston and Pearland, TX, offices.

What causes flat feet?

Flat feet can be present at birth, although many children will eventually outgrow the condition. It may also be caused by foot injuries, weakened tendons, arthritis, or diseases or conditions that affect the muscles or nerves.

What problems do flat feet cause?

A house is only as strong as its foundation. If the foundation begins to break down, walls sag and crack, affecting the structural integrity of the home. Your feet serve as the foundation for your body. They not only absorb shock and balance your weight but are essential to the proper alignment of your bones and spine. If your arches flatten, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Foot and Ankle Pain: Pain is common on the inside of your foot and ankle if you have flat feel. You may notice that pain worsens when you play sports, exercise or walk or stand for long periods. Pain may also occur on the outside of your ankle if your heel bone moves out of position due to your arch issues.
  • Swelling or Numbness: You may notice that ankle swelling accompanies pain. Numbness or weakness in the feet can also occur.
  • Ankle Injuries: Flat arches cause your feet to pronate, or turn inward, which may make it easier to twist or sprain your ankle.
  • Hip, Knee or Back Pain: Your back, hips or knees can become painfully misaligned due to your flat feet.

What can I do about flat feet?

A visit to your Houston or Pearland, TX, podiatrist can improve your comfort. After an examination of your feet and a gait analysis, your foot doctor may recommend prescription shoe inserts called orthotics or orthopedic shoes. Both of these options will keep your feet and ankles properly aligned and reduce your symptoms. Physical therapy may also be recommended to strengthen the muscles in your feet and legs. If orthotics and physical therapy aren't helpful, surgery may be recommended in some cases.

Find relief for your flat feet symptoms with podiatric treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Moss by calling (281) 484-2400 for the Houston, TX, office or (281) 485-2988 for the Pearland, TX, office.

Comments: