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Essential Insights About Flat Feet

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, present a common yet often misunderstood condition affecting the structure of the foot. Characterized by a low or absent arch, this condition can lead to discomfort and even pain during activities like walking or standing for extended periods. Understanding flat feet begins with recognizing the impact they can have on one's overall foot health and mobility. Without a proper arch, the foot may not absorb shock efficiently, potentially leading to issues such as shin splints or plantar fasciitis. Additionally, individuals with flat feet may experience instability, affecting their balance and posture. It is important to acknowledge that flat feet can develop at any age and may be influenced by factors such as genetics, injury, or certain medical conditions. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and management tips.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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