Are you concerned that your foot pain may be caused by flat feet? Bloomington, IL, podiatrist Dr. Gerald Paul at McLean County Foot and Ankle shares some signs of flat feet and explain how the condition is treated.
How can I tell if I have flat feet?
Although flat feet don't always cause symptoms, you may have the condition if you experience:
- Pain: Flat feet can cause pain in the arches in the bottoms of your feet and also in your heels. Your feet support your entire body and keep it in the proper alignment. If your feet are flat, you may eventually experience pain in your ankles, knees, hips or lower back.
- Endurance Issues: Do your feet feel an ache or feel tired, yet no one else needs to take a rest? When you have flat feet, walking or running even short distances can be difficult.
- Swelling: Swollen arches may be a problem if you spend too much time on your feet.
- Difficulty Reaching the Top Shelf: Can't stand on your toes to retrieve something from a top shelf? Flat feet may be to blame.
A simple test can help you determine if you have flat feet. Wet your feet than stand on concrete or a brown paper bag. If your arches are normal, the interior portion of your foot won't make contact with the ground, resulting in a slightly curved footprint. When your footprint doesn't have that telltale curve, you may have flat feet.
What causes flat feet?
Flat feet can be caused by:
- Inherited foot conditions or abnormalities that were present when you were born
- Fractured bones
- Conditions that affect the nerves
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure
How are flat feet treated?
We can offer several solutions when you visit our Bloomington office. Custom-made orthotics and orthopedic shoes will help support your feet and reduce arch pressure, while braces can reduce ankle pain caused by flat feet. If your pain is severe, we may recommend a corticosteroid injection. Conservative treatment is usually very effective in treating pain and other symptoms caused by flat feet. Surgery is only needed in a small percentage of cases.
A visit to the foot doctor can help reduce your pain. Call Bloomington, IL, podiatrist Dr. Gerald Paul at McLean County Foot and Ankle at (309) 662-9001 to schedule your appointment.