Flat Foot

Flat Foot

Flat Foot services offered in Corona and Ontario, CA

Flat foot is a common condition that affects millions of Americans. Though it typically doesn’t present symptoms, it's vital to seek treatment if you regularly experience foot pain in your heel or arch. At Advanced Care Foot and Ankle, podiatrists Norris Morrison, DPM, Lateef Lawal, DPM, Brian Constantine, DPM, and the team boast years of experience diagnosing and treating flat foot. To make an appointment, call the office in Ontario or Corona, California, or book online today.

What is flat foot?

Flat foot is a structural abnormality that affects the development of your arches. If you have flat foot, the soles of your feet make complete contact with the ground whenever you stand up or take a step.

Everyone is born with flat feet, but children typically develop arches between the ages of four and six. Researchers aren’t sure why, but for some people, that doesn’t happen. If you don’t have arches, it may place strain on the muscles in your feet, causing pain and mobility issues.

What are the symptoms of flat foot?

People with flat foot don’t have visible arches. If you have flat foot, you might also experience pain in the heel or the bottom of your foot, especially after long periods of standing or walking. Some people with flat foot also experience ankle swelling and sensitivity.

Who is at risk of experiencing flat foot?

Anyone can experience flat foot, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Weight issues
  • Trauma to your foot or ankle
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • The natural aging process

You’re also more likely to experience flat foot if you have diabetes. 

How is flat foot diagnosed?

The team at Advanced Care Foot and Ankle diagnoses flat foot during an in-office visit.

First, your provider asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical records. Then, they examine your feet, arches, heels, and toes.

Your provider asks you to stand up and walk around the room during the exam. They also have you stand on your toes and observe your feet from the front and back. Last, your provider looks at the bottom of your shoes to assess the wear pattern.

If they suspect you have an underlying medical condition, like arthritis, your provider might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI.

How is flat foot treated?

Treatment of flat foot depends on several factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and if you have any associated medical issues. The team at Advanced Care Foot and Ankle might recommend:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Stretches
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Wearing structurally supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy

If you develop flat foot due to an injury, the team might recommend surgery.

To learn more about the treatment options for flat foot, make an appointment at Advanced Care Foot and Ankle by calling the nearest office or booking online today.