Children’s Flat Feet
Flat foot is a common structural condition characterized by low arches, collapsing ankles, fatigue and soreness.
Flat foot can occur during childhood if the arches of the feet don’t develop, after an injury, or from the wear and tear of aging.
Should flat foot cause you or your child discomfort in the foot, ankle or leg, a podiatrist should be consulted for an evaluation.
Adult Flat feet
Painful progressive flat foot, otherwise known as tibialis posterior tendonitis or adult-acquired flatfoot, refers to inflammation of the tendon of the tibialis posterior.
Most people have no symptoms associated with flat foot, but some people with flat feet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area.
This condition arises when the tendon becomes inflamed, stretched, or torn. Left untreated, it may lead to severe disability and chronic pain. People are predisposed to tibialis posterior tendonitis if they have flat feet or an abnormal attachment of the tendon to the bones in the midfoot.
Treatments for Flat feet:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Ice or cold compress
- Physical therapy
- Wrapping or taping for additional support
- Prescription orthotic inserts
- In some cases, a surgery may need to be performed to repair a torn or damaged tendon and restore normal function. In the most severe cases, surgery on the midfoot bones may be necessary to vtreat the associated flatfoot condition.