Flat feet are a common foot structure issue. Rather than having an arch, a foot has little to no arch at all when a person suffers from flat feet. This condition can cause pain for some people, while others suffer few to no symptoms associated with their flat feet.
This problem may begin early in life in many cases. When a child is very young, especially during infancy and toddlerhood, the longitudinal arch has not yet developed. As a child learns to walk, their arch normally starts to develop. This usually continues until they are an adult when they have fully developed arches. However, in some children, the arch never develops and they continue to have flat feet even into adulthood. In the adult-onset version of flat feet, also called painful progressive flatfoot or tibialis posterior tendonitis, the problem begins when the tendon connecting to the bones in the middle of the foot is damaged. When the tendon is torn, dramatically stretched, or highly inflamed, the flat feet can develop fairly quickly.
Some cases of flat feet don't cause pain, but for those people who experience symptoms like pain and impaired walking, the podiatric medicine specialist has several effective treatments available. Rest and icing the foot can be very helpful, as can physical therapy modalities. Support taping, support braces, and orthotics are all effective treatments for painful progressive flatfoot. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (only if recommended by a physician) can be helpful for flat feet pain relief. In the most serious cases of flat feet, surgical correction may be the best solution. The podiatrist can repair the damaged tendon to help bring back normal foot function and can correct problems with the mid-foot bones surgically as well if necessary.
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