Flat feet are typically harmless, but for some people the condition can result in pain and changes to the way they walk. If you experience problems with your flat feet, let the expert podiatry team at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in Danbury, Connecticut, determine the right treatment for you. Led by board-certified podiatrist Paul Betschart, DPM, the practice is committed to providing the highest quality of personalized foot and ankle care. To speak with Dr. Betschart about your flat feet, call or book your appointment online today.
Flat feet is a condition that occurs when the arches in your feet are completely flattened. If you have flat feet, the entire bottom of your foot touches the floor when you stand. Although most people don’t experience complications with their flat feet, some people can experience pain, especially in the heel or bottoms of the feet.
Flat feet can also affect the alignment of your legs and contribute to problems with your knees or ankles.
There are several different types of flat feet. Most people develop flat feet during childhood. The arches of the feet usually develop by age 6. For some people, however, the arches never develop, so their feet remain flat. People with this type of flat feet don’t typically develop complications.
Adult-acquired flat feet (fallen arches) occurs when the arch unexpectedly collapses. Adult-acquired flat feet is usually the result of inflammation or damage to the tendon that supports the arch.
Certain factors can increase your chances of developing adult-acquired flat feet. These include obesity, diabetes, and previous injuries to the foot or ankle.
Although most cases of flat feet are painless, you can develop painful symptoms. Adult-acquired flat feet can cause your feet to turn outward, resulting in pain and dysfunction.
If you experience pain or problems with your feet, book an appointment at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Betschart can determine the cause of your symptoms and the most effective treatment.
To diagnose your condition, Dr. Betschart begins with a physical exam and a review of your medical history. He then performs imaging tests like an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI to take a good look at your foot structure.
After your diagnosis, Dr. Betschart works with you to determine the best way to relieve your pain and restore the health of your feet.
Treatment depends on the severity of your condition. In most cases, treatment begins with conservative options like custom orthotics, physical therapy, or footwear changes.
If your condition doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, you may need surgery. Dr. Betschart provides HyProCure®, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a small titanium implant to realign the joints in your foot and improve your foot mechanics.
HyProCure eliminates the need for orthotics and other devices and helps you avoid more invasive corrective surgeries.
To find out which treatment is right for you, call Advanced Foot and Ankle Center or book your appointment online today.