Flat Feet (Pes Planus): Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Approaches

Flat Feet (Pes Planus): Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Approaches

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, is a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole to come into contact with the ground.

While flat feet can be fine for some, for others, it can cause many problems. If you're looking for management of your flat feet in the Ridgefield, CT area, visit Dr. Allan Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center today. 

Causes of Flat Feet

 Flat feet can develop due to a variety of factors, including: 

  • Genetics - some individuals inherit flat feet from their parents
  • Weak muscles or ligaments - weakness or laxity in the muscles and ligaments that support the arch of the foot can contribute to the development of flat feet
  • Injury or trauma - fractures or sprains can damage the supportive structures of the foot, leading to flat feet
  • Medical conditions - certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and neurological disorders, can affect the structure and function of the feet

Symptoms of Flat Feet

 If you have pain or discomfort in the feet, ankles, heels, or lower legs, especially after prolonged standing or walking, you might have flat feet. 

You might experience fatigue or tiredness in the feet and legs due to increased stress on the muscles and ligaments, as well as swelling or inflammation (particularly after extended periods of weight-bearing activity). 

You might also feel like you're having difficulty standing or walking, as flat feet can affect balance and stability. 

In more severe cases, flat feet may contribute to bunions, hammertoes, or overpronation. 

If you've noticed any of these symptoms, you might have flat feet. For a podiatry consultation, visit Dr. Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center, Ridgefield, CT, today. 

Treatment Approaches

 Wearing supportive shoes with adequate arch support and cushioning can help alleviate symptoms and provide stability. 

For a more personalized approach, visit us for custom orthotic inserts or arch supports. 

Exercises and stretches prescribed by a podiatrist can help strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the feet and ankles by improving flexibility and stability. 

If necessary, over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications can be used to manage the pain and inflammation. We can provide stronger versions on a prescription basis.

In more severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend some surgical options such as tendon reconstruction or arthrodesis. 

Book Your Podiatry Consultation

 Having flat feet and the associated discomforts isn't something you have to live with! A consultation with a podiatrist can make all the difference. Book your appointment with Dr. Rosenthal at Advanced Foot Care Center, Ridgefield, CT, by calling 203-431-0048.

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Advanced Foot Care Center

Ridgefield, CT Podiatrist
Advanced Foot Care Center30 Prospect St Ste 400
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 431-0048
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