Flat feet means you have little or no arch in the soles of your feet. The arch of a normal foot shows up as a gap when the foot is placed firmly on the ground. When you have flat feet, the whole sole of your foot rests against the ground.
Flat feet can be due to genetics or the wear-and-tear of aging.
Other factors also contribute to the development of flat feet, such as:
A specific condition, known as tarsal condition, also causes flat feet. Tarsal condition causes the bones in your feet to fuse together.
Flat feet don’t always cause symptoms or mobility issues. Over time, however, you may start to notice discomfort and pain in your feet, usually in the arch. You may also experience swelling in your ankles as a result. Flat feet can cause misalignments in your legs that also cause pain in your knees and ankles.
If you have flat feet, it’s wise to get an evaluation at Ankle and Foot Clinic of Idaho. Dr. McCall looks at your gait and how you stand and may order imaging tests like an MRI or X-ray to comprehensively understand your case.
Dr. McCall recommends exercises that stretch your calf muscles and Achilles tendon to prevent pain from flat feet. You may also find that rolling a golf ball back and forth under your foot is a simple exercise you can do to keep your muscles in good condition.
Ice therapy is an option if you’re suffering pain or swelling due to flat feet. Custom orthotics support your feet and prevent pain and mobility issues. If you’re overweight, losing weight can relieve pressure on flat feet.
Diabetes is a risk factor for flat feet. If you have diabetes, it’s important to schedule routine foot checks to protect the health of your feet.
Call today or use the online tool to make an appointment at Ankle and Foot Clinic of Idaho if you’re concerned about low arches or flat feet.