Flat feet don’t always cause problems, but pain on the soles of your feet or frequent complications like shin splints may have direct links to your lack of arches. Leading podiatrists Eric Harmelin, DPM, and Rikhil Patel, DPM, treat flat feet and their complications with orthotics and exercises at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. To schedule an appointment, call the offices in Annapolis, Stevensville, or Glen Burnie, Maryland, or book online today.
Foot mechanics work best when your feet have arches, but some people have either very shallow arches or none at all. You might naturally have flat feet, or your feet might get flatter over time because of injuries or repeated stress on the soles.
You’ll know you have flat feet if the entire sole of each foot touches the floor when you stand up. If you have no symptoms or complications, you don’t need to worry about having flat feet. If they concern you for any reason, Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center can evaluate them and may be able to provide treatment.
Flat feet rarely cause any pain or discomfort, but it’s possible to feel some pain or pressure in the middle of the bottom of the foot due to having flat feet. If you do experience pain, it may get worse when you exercise or walk for long distances.
It’s also possible to experience some other complications directly associated with your flat feet. If you have flat feet, you might be at an increased risk for:
If you have any of these along with your flat feet, be sure to bring them up with your podiatrist at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center. They can recommend and implement treatments for complications like plantar fasciitis, and treating your flat feet lowers your risk of recurrence.
Treating flat feet isn’t always necessary, but you might choose to do so if you regularly experience pain on the soles of your feet or if you have complications. While you might assume that the only way to correct flat feet is with surgery, this isn’t the case.
Annapolis Foot and Ankle Centers may be able to fit you with devices that simulate arches for your foot, like supportive orthotic inserts. Even over-the-counter orthotics can give your feet a little more support and help relieve symptoms and complications of flat feet.
If you don’t currently wear shoes with good support, you should consider shopping for sneakers and avoiding sandals and flats.
Your providers at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Centers can teach you strengthening exercises to treat a shortened Achilles tendon, which often contributes to flat feet, or they can help you analyze and improve your running form to relieve pain.
Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center doesn’t perform surgery for flat feet alone, but they can treat some flat feet complications with surgery and improve your feet function in the process.
Schedule your appointment to address flat feet and associated complications by phone or book online at Annapolis Foot and Ankle Center today.