Your flat feet may not give you too much trouble, but they can cause heel pain and even lead to ankle or knee pain due to alterations in the alignment of your legs. Jay Bhuta, DPM, at Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey -- providing care for patients in the areas of Millburn, Livingston, Union, Springfield, Florham Park, Short Hills, West Orange, Maplewood, and Summit - is an expert podiatrist and surgeon who can assess your feet and provide treatment to help reduce the risk of both foot and leg pain from your flat feet. For an evaluation and treatment plan, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Flat feet occur when the entire sole of your foot touches the floor during a standing position. It’s a very common foot deformity that doesn’t always cause problems, but may be a source of various symptoms, such as:
Even if you’re not having symptoms, you should have your flat feet evaluated by Dr. Bhuta so he can explain the type of issues you may experience over time from your flat feet.
While you were born with flat feet, your arch develops as you grow. But due to variations in foot type, some people never develop an arch, and their feet remain flat.
You can also develop flat feet as an adult. Over time, the tendons in your feet may weaken and the arch may fall. Certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing flat feet as an adult, including:
Flat feet may also develop as part of your aging process.
If your flat feet are causing problems, Dr. Bhuta may recommend various treatments to relieve your symptoms. Treatment may include:
Dr. Bhuta may also recommend immobilization of your foot with a foot cast. If your flat feet are causing knee or back pain, Dr. Bhuta may recommend custom orthotics he can create for you to improve leg alignment and reduce pain. Ankle bracing, referred to as ankle-foot orthosis devices, may also be part of your treatment if your ankles need additional support.
If conservative treatments don’t improve your symptoms and pain, Dr. Bhuta may recommend a surgical procedure to correct your foot deformity. Surgery, however, is rarely needed for flat feet.
For treatment for your flat feet, call Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.