Signs You Have Flat Feet
Could your foot or leg pain be caused by flat feet? The doctors at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers in Torrance and San Pedro explain a few signs you may notice if you have flat feet.
Flat feet signs and symptoms
If most or all of the sole of your foot makes contact with the ground when you stand, you have flat feet. Your arches help support the weight of your body. If the natural arch disappears or was never present, the tendons and ligaments in your feet become weak. You may notice several symptoms if you have flat feet, including:
- Pain: Pain is common in your foot, ankle and lower leg due to weak tendons and ligaments. If your posture is affected by your condition, you may also experience pain in hips and lower back.
- Uneven Wear on Shoes: Take a look at the heels of your shoes? If you see signs of uneven wear, arch problems may be to blame.
- Difficulty Standing on Your Toes: Can you stand on your toes to retrieve an item on a high shelf? If toe standing is difficult, you may have flat feet.
Common causes of flat feet according to your Torrance, San Pedro and Los Angeles, CA, doctors
Some people are born with flat feet and others develop the problem later in their lives. You may be more likely to develop flat feet if you:
- Are female and over age 40
- Have certain neuromuscular diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy or spina bifida
- Are obese
- Spend hours on your feet every day
- Wear high heels frequently
- Have diabetes or high blood pressure
- Wear shoes that don't have adequate arch support
- Have sprained your ankle or injured your foot
- Have rheumatoid arthritis
- Have a tight Achilles tendon
How can a podiatrist help me?
Pain from flat feet can be eased by wearing orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts designed by your foot doctor. You may also benefit from toe exercises or exercises to stretch your Achilles tendon. Your podiatrist may also recommend that you participate in physical therapy in addition to performing exercises at home. Although surgery isn't usually needed, it may be recommended if your Achilles tendon is too short or if your condition is caused by an instability in the bones of your foot or ankle.
Find out how you can reduce your pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Call Drs. Feit and Kashanian, your Torrance, San Pedro and Los Angeles, CA, podiatrists at Precision Foot and Ankle Centers.