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Flat foot is a disorder with a diverse range of symptoms and varying degrees of deformity. There are several types of flatfoot, all of which has a partial or total collapse of the arch, the most common type is the flexible flat foot. Flexible flat foot refers to the flattening of the arch during weight bearing (Standing), and returning to its normal arch when not standing. It typically develops at childhood and continues into adulthood. As the deformity worsens, the ligaments and tendons may be stretched excessively, causing further injuries.

Causes

Symptoms

  • Pain in the heel, arch, ankle or along the outside of the foot
  • Rolled-in ankle (overpronation)
  • Pain along the shin bone (shin splint)
  • General aching or fatigue in the foot or leg
  • Low back, hip or knee pain

Treatment

To identify the severity of the flat foot, your doctor will examine your foot and observe any movement around the arch. X-rays will be used to determine the severity. If you are diagnosed with flexible flat foot, there are several nonsurgical treatments that may be recommended.

  • Activity modifications:Cut down on activities that bring you pain and avoid prolonged walking and standing to give your arches a rest.
  • Weight loss:If you are overweight, try to lose weight. Putting too much weight on your arches may aggravate your symptoms.
  • Orthotic devices: Your foot and ankle surgeon can provide you with custom orthotic devices for your shoes to give more support to the arches.
  • Immobilization: In some cases, it may be necessary to use a walking cast or to completely avoid weightbearing.
  • Medications:Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: Ultrasound therapy or other physical therapy modalities may be used to provide temporary relief.
  • Shoe modifications:Wearing shoes that support the arches is important for anyone who has flatfoot.
  • Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) devices:Your foot and ankle surgeon may recommend advanced bracing to modify your walking and to support your arches.

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