Flat Feet Specialist

FOOTDRx

Podiatry located in Union Square/Village, New York, NY, Midtown/ Grand Central, New York, NY, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY, & Englewood, NJ

Flat feet can be a condition you’ve had your whole life or acquire as an adult. In most cases, flat feet aren’t problematic, but if they cause pain or discomfort, the team of board-certified podiatrists at FOOTDRx can help. Using both conservative measures or, less commonly, surgical correction, the specialists can alleviate the complications that stem from your flat feet. To learn more about dealing with flat feet, call one of the New York City locations in Union Square, Midtown East in Manhattan, or Bushwick, Brooklyn; or the New Jersey location in Englewood. You can also use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

Flat Feet Q & A

What causes flat feet?

Flat feet are perfectly normal in newborns and toddlers since arches don’t develop until children take to their feet and become mobile. If the arches never develop, leading to lifelong flat feet, there are rarely any problems as the body learns to compensate for the absence.

Where flat feet can become problematic is when they develop in adults, which is appropriately called adult-acquired flatfeet. This condition usually stems from a dysfunction in your posterior tibial tendon, which stretches from your calf muscle to the bones on the inside of your feet. A posterior tibial tendon weakened because of repeated stress or wear-and-tear can lead to the collapse of your arches.

Several risk factors make you more susceptible to developing adult-acquired flat feet, including:

  • Age
  • Carrying extra weight
  • Occupations that keep you on your feet
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Tight calf muscles

Included in this list of contributing factors for flat feet as an adult is arthritis, more specifically rheumatoid arthritis, which breaks down the joints in your feet, causing the collapse of your arches.

What are the possible complications of flat feet?

Most people with flat feet don’t experience any problems, but for some, the condition can lead to:

  • Over pronation, which causes your ankles to roll inward
  • Pain in your knees, hips, and back
  • Pain and swelling in your feet
  • Balance issues because of uneven distribution of your body weight
  • Bunions and hammertoes

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, it’s a good idea to see one of the podiatrists at FOOTDRx.

What methods diagnose and treat flat feet?

After examining your feet, your podiatrist at FOOTDRx turns to their in-house X-ray service to determine the extent of the collapse. Once they have a better idea of your structural problem, your symptoms, and your goals, they design a treatment plan that may include one or more of the following:

  • A change in footwear
  • Orthotics
  • Therapeutic shoes — FOOTDRx has a certified fitter on staff
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy
  • Activity modifications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Icing 

If your flat feet continue to cause problems, your podiatrist may recommend a surgical solution in order to bring you much-needed relief and restore your function. 

To learn more about your options in remedying your flat feet, call FOOTDRx or use the online scheduling feature to set up a consultation.