Flat foot is a common condition that can lead to problems, such as foot pain, ankle pain, and leg alignment issues. Carey Williams, DPM, at North Mississippi Foot Specialists in Oxford, Mississippi, specializes in flat foot reconstruction and other conservative approaches to repairing the arches of flat feet. With personalized treatment, you can restore the health and function of your feet in no time. To learn more, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Flat foot means that the arches on the inside of your feet are flattened. With flat feet, the soles of your feet touch the floor when you stand up and walk.
It’s very common and typically painless unless it progresses and leads to problems in your ankles and knees.
Flat feet, over time, can mess with the alignment of your legs. If you’re experiencing no pain, you may not need any treatment for flat foot, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it.
Flat foot is common in young children since the foot’s arch doesn’t always develop right away. This development of the arch typically happens at some point during childhood, but it doesn’t happen for everyone.
The arch of your foot can also flatten over time. Generally, this is due to overuse, wear, and tear, or the gradual weakening of the tendon that spans the inside part of your ankle and provides support for your arch.
There are also several risk factors that increase the likelihood you’ll develop flat feet, such as:
If you’re experiencing pain associated with flat feet, make sure to see Dr. Williams and get the help you need.
Dr. Williams will perform a thorough physical examination of your feet during which he’ll observe your feet when you stand and walk. He may also ask you questions about your daily routine and inspect your footwear.
If you’re experiencing severe pain from flat feet, Dr. Williams will also use imaging tests to better understand what’s going on.
It depends on how severe the pain you’re experiencing is. In most cases, Dr. Williams can treat flat foot pain with modifications with nonsurgical methods, such as physical therapy, orthotics, and pain medication.
However, in more severe cases, he may need to perform flat foot reconstruction to repair the arch of your foot. Dr. Williams uses minimally invasive techniques to perform flat foot reconstruction with shorter operative time, less pain, and quicker healing periods.
If flat feet are causing you pain, call the office or book an appointment with Dr. Williams online today.