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Is Flat Feet a Health Concern?

While many people think that they are living with flat feet, the majority simply have a low arch. A flat foot diagnosis is given to someone whose bones that are located in the arch of the foot have now collapsed. This means the entire arch is completely resting flat on the ground. Common causes of flat feet include genetics, weak arches and foot or ankle injuries.


A podiatrist is the right doctor to go to when a patient is experiencing any concerns about their feet. When someone receives a flat feet diagnosis, it is likely that the condition will not get any worse over time if care is taken. Although, there is a concern that over time arthritis will begin to develop in the joints of the feet, which can lead to some discomfort. Additionally, when the tendons and muscles in the feet are overused, this can also lead to levels of discomfort and/or pain.


Some of the more common symptoms associated with a flat feet diagnosis include stiffness in the lower part of the foot and discomfort in the foot or back of the leg, corns, calluses and bunions. Also, difficulty walking without wearing shoes and difficulty walking in some types of shoes. In order to diagnose a case of flat feet, a podiatrist will ask questions, perform a physical examination and take X-rays of the patient.


There are a few things that one can do when diagnosed with flat feet to help minimize any discomfort and/or pain. This includes wearing good-fitting quality shoes and not wearing high heels. Patients should also perform certain exercises to keep the muscles in the feet flexible and strong and see a podiatrist on a regular basis. How often a patient should make podiatry appointments for necessary evaluations will depend on the severity of their flat feet diagnosis.


Diagnosing and treating feet is what a podiatrist does, so patients can expect to receive all of the information they need to know in order to take proper care of their flat feet when visiting a podiatrist. The first thing a podiatrist will do is evaluate the patient to understand what type of treatment is needed. Some of the more common treatments include wearing the type of shoes recommended by the podiatrist, wearing custom orthotics, performing certain prescription exercises, resting for certain periods during the day and surgery when all else fails.


Do you need to make a flat feet appointment with an experienced podiatrist? Maybe you have already received a diagnosis of having flat feet and are concerned that this diagnosis is causing you problems. Maybe you want to know whether or not you indeed have flat feet and therefore need a diagnosis. No matter your case, a podiatrist can help you. Your feet play a very important role in your ability to live a fulfilling life. Therefore, it is necessary for you to seek professional help any time you have concerns about one or both of your feet.

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