Flat Foot Can Cause Other Foot Problems

iStock_000020438652MediumA common question we receive in the office is “Why is it that people with flat feet have so many foot problems?”  This is a great question.  Let’s briefly delve into the basics of common problems resulting from a flat foot condition.

The foot functions best mechanically when it has structural support from the bones. Ideally, the bones in the foot provide a certain arch height. When the arch is not provided by the bone structure, the surrounding soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) over-work to compensate. A cascade of problems, acute and chronic, may develop. Some of the more common conditions are plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, heel spur syndrome, shin splints, formation of hammertoes, and bunions. All of these conditions are more likely in the flat-footed patient.

If you have flat feet, we suggest a custom orthotic for your shoes to help alleviate symptoms related to flat feet.  In more severe cases, patients with flat feet may need surgery.  Give us a call or click here to schedule an appointment with us!

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