Flat Feet

Thinking about flat feet might conjure up images of Fred Flintstone loping around Bedrock, but did you know that everyone is born with flat feet? As we grow, the tendons located in the bottom of the foot tighten to produce a natural arch.

Patient with flatfoot deformity.
Patient with flatfoot deformity.

Most of the time flat feet, also known as fallen arches, that become painful started out as normal feet. Over time, however, they can develop into a flat foot deformity. It’s partly a degenerative process that can also have some genetics involved.

Can the Possibility of Flat Feet Be Reduced?

Unfortunately, there’s nothing currently that works to prevent flat feet. However, there are some things patients can do to help the problem in the early stages, such as:

  • Using arch supports
  • Using shoe inserts
  • Selecting correct footwear
  • Doing strengthening, physical therapy-type exercises

Treating Flat Feet

The key to treating a fallen arch or flat foot is early detection. An x-ray may be required to complete the assessment. If you can detect early on the foot problem and deformity

Flatfoot deformity x-ray.
X-ray of a patient’s flat foot deformity.

that’s occurring, you’ll have additional options available for treatment. For instance, the achilles tendon plays a big roll in arch support, so regularly stretching out the achilles tendon is important and beneficial. If all non-operative approaches fail, surgery to correct the ligaments, tendons, bones and/or joints may be required.

Schedule an Appointment

The Center for Advanced Orthopedics (CAO) offers same day appointments and in-office radiologic imaging/testing, such as x-rays and musculoskeletal ultrasounds. Dr. Grebing specializes in the foot and ankle and is board-certified and fellowship-trained.

Call us at 618-288-9460 to schedule an appointment or visit www.c4ao.com for more information.