Could flat feet be the reason you’re dealing with sore, achy feet?
Many people who have flat feet may not know it but it’s easy enough to spot. This condition, also known as fallen arches, means that there is either a very low or no arch in the foot. A proper gait requires that the arches be raised ever slightly off the ground, yet for those with flat feet, the entire foot is planted firmly on the ground. While flat feet don’t always cause problems, it often can. Read on to learn when it is necessary to turn to our Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy, about your flat feet.
What problems can flat feet cause?
Those with flat feet most commonly visit our Silver Spring, MD, foot doctor because they are experiencing pain. Sometimes strained ligaments or muscles can bring on this discomfort. As a result, you may also notice pain radiating to the knees, hips, or lower back, as these areas are now taking on more stress then they should. You may also notice stiffness in your feet.
Since your feet do not have normal arches this can affect how weight is distributed throughout your foot. This means that you may be more likely to wear out shoes quickly, which can increase your risk for developing certain foot injuries.
What causes flat feet?
For some people, flat feet are genetics. If your parents have flat feet and you have them too, then chances are good that you can thank your parents for this gene. Sometimes past injuries, certain conditions (e.g. arthritis) or weak arches can also cause flat feet. Those who are overweight, diabetic, or pregnant are also more likely to develop flat feet.
It should also be noted that it’s normal for young children to have flat feet. After all, the arches of their feet haven’t fully developed yet. Feet arches usually develop by the time your child is six years old.
What can I do to prevent flat feet-related issues?
There are certain exercises and stretches that our podiatrists can show you that can prevent symptoms while improving flexibility. Wearing supportive shoes is key to protecting your feet. You can also benefit from getting custom orthotics (i.e. specialized shoe inserts) from your podiatrist. These treatments can reduce shock, improve stability, and provide additional cushioning and support to reduce painful, achy feet.
Give us a call!
Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland offers comprehensive foot and ankle care to the areas of Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD. If you are dealing with symptoms of flat feet or other podiatric issues, call one of our offices today to find out how we can help! Dial (301) 942-8110 for Kensington, (301) 924-5044 for Olney, (301) 439-0300 for Silver Spring, or (301) 868-7670 for Camp Springs/Clinton.