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Flat Feet

Apple Podiatry Group

Podiatrists, Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Arlington, Fort Worth, & Flower Mound, TX

Flat feet affect about 18 million adults in the United States. Since flat feet lead to chronic foot pain and ankle instability, leading podiatrists Jarna Rathod-Bhatt, DPM, and Rahul Bhatt, DPM, provide innovative flat-foot treatments at Apple Podiatry Group. Book your flat-feet evaluation online or call the Arlington, Flower Mound clinic directly.

Flat Feet Q & A

What causes flat feet?

In some cases, flat feet are simply something you inherit. You were born with them and just never developed a natural arch in your feet. Your arches may also start falling over time. Your flat feet could also be caused by:

  • Chronic conditions, such as arthritis
  • Injury or trauma, including sports injuries
  • Added strain from being overweight or obese

You can also develop flat feet by participating in certain activities that put excessive stress on your feet. For instance, distance running causes tiny tears in connective tissues that could lead to fallen arches over time.

Should I see a podiatrist for flat feet?

Yes. The issue with flat feet is that they throw off the proper alignment of your ankles. This causes your ankles to move inward, which has a big impact on your knees, legs, hips, and beyond.

The expert podiatrists at Apple Podiatry Group encourage you to schedule a flat-foot exam if you experience:

  • Ankle instability
  • Arch or heel pain
  • Trouble standing on your tiptoes
  • Numbness or decreased sensation
  • Pain down the back of your lower leg
  • Swelling around the inside of your ankles

Your dedicated podiatrist at Apple Podiatry Group examines your feet, talks with you about your symptoms, and gathers any necessary X-rays or ultrasound images right in the office to determine the best treatment options for your flat feet.

How are flat feet treated?

Your flat-foot treatment plan from Apple Podiatry Group is entirely tailored to you and the severity of your symptoms. Treating flat feet can involve:

  • Ankle braces
  • Daily stretches
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modifications
  • Changes in footwear
  • Weight-loss planning
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

In severe or complex cases, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. Flat-feet surgery is designed to correct the underlying issue, like to repair posterior tibial tendon tears.

No matter which treatment is right for you — conservative or surgical — the compassionate podiatrists at Apple Podiatry Group are diligent about ensuring you get relief from flat feet.

If your flat feet cause you agony, see how the expert team at Apple Podiatry Group can help. You can schedule your flat-foot evaluation online or over the phone.