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Flat foot is an uncomfortable condition that, if left untreated, can become aggravated and worsen over time. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating flat foot. Call us today to get back on your feet!
A flat foot, or “fallen arch”, is a condition in which a person has very low arches or no arches at all, so that the entirety of the foot lays flat or nearly flat when standing.
Flat foot may cause body weight to be distributed unevenly on the feet. Sometimes this presents no problem. However, this condition may lead to other issues. People with flat feet can experience pain that travels from the foot to the hips, or they may experience more serious bone problems. People with flat feet also have a tendency to overpronate, which can lead to injuries.
The most common test for determining whether or not you have flat feet is to get your feet wet and check your footprints to see if there is a full footprint or there is a gap where the raised arch is. If there is no gap and you can see the full length of your arch, you have flat feet.
In some cases, not treating your flat foot may worsen the condition, and may, in fact, worsen other conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, or shin splints.
There are no drugs to relieve this condition. However, there are several paths you may take to relieve the discomfort caused by flat feet:
There are three main types of flat foot, generally categorized as such because of causation:
If you have flat feet and they do not bother you, there is no need to take action. However, there are certain symptoms that indicate a medical check-up may be in order:
In most cases, flat feet are simply inherited. However, sometimes there are various conditions which cause the arches to not fully form or to “fall” over time, such as:
There is no medication that can “cure” flat feet. You can use medicine to relieve pain, however the best course of action you can take consists of three main steps:
In some cases, when flat feet are congenital, there is nothing you can do to prevent them. However, you can try to prevent the development of flat feet over time by certain actions:
|Maintain a healthy weight||
In some cases, the weight placed on the foot arch can cause the ligaments to weaken. Maintaining a healthy weight can prevent the added stress that weight puts on the foot.
|Wear comfortable shoes||
Shoes should not be rigid or excessively cushioned. Avoid high heels that strain the arch and ligaments.
Walking barefoot is the best way of allowing your foot its natural comfort, strengthen the arch and correct imbalances in your gait.
Do you suspect you might suffer from flat feet? Learn more about this condition and how to treat it by getting in touch with our specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.
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