Flat Feet Specialist

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Edmond, OK

Many people have flat feet, which are feet that have little to no arch when standing. Some with flat feet have no problems, but not having the arch support may be the cause of your foot, ankle, or leg pain. Joel Davis, MD, and the team at Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates in Edmond, Oklahoma, provide comprehensive care for people with problematic flat feet. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

Flat feet means the entire sole of your foot touches the floor when standing. Everyone is born with flat feet, and the arch develops during childhood. However, your arch may never develop, or it may fall because of an injury or years of wear and tear. 

What are the types of flat feet?

Not everyone with flat feet has problems. But certain types of this foot condition may cause pain or change how you walk. Types of flat feet include:

Flexible flat feet

With flexible flat feet, you have a visible arch when sitting, but it disappears when you stand. This is the most common type of flat feet and usually develops during childhood or adolescence. 

Flexible flat feet tend to worsen with age, and the tendons and ligaments in the arch of your foot may stretch, tear, and swell, resulting in pain. 

Rigid flat feet

Rigid flat feet have no arches when sitting or standing. With this type of flat feet, your foot is inflexible. People usually develop rigid flat feet during adolescence, and the condition worsens with age. 

Adult-acquired flat feet

Adult-acquired flat feet is an unexpected fall in the arch in the foot. It often results from a tear in a leg tendon that supports the arch. Without the arch support, your foot turns outward, causing pain. 

Vertical talus

Vertical talus is a birth abnormality that stops the development of the foot arch. 

What are the symptoms of flat feet?

Symptoms of flat feet vary and may depend on the type. With flat feet, you may have:

  • Muscle aches in your foot or leg
  • Foot pain
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Change in gait
  • Foot pain when walking

Flat feet may also cause toe drift, which means the front of your feet and toes point outward. 

How are flat feet treated?

The Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates team customizes care for flat feet based on the type and severity of symptoms. Treatment for your flat feet may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Custom-made shoes
  • Foot or leg braces

Most people respond positively to conservative treatment for their flat feet. 

In some cases, your orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates might perform surgery to correct another problem, such as a tendon tear, and improve your flat feet symptoms.

For comprehensive care for your flat feet, call Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Associates or schedule a consultation online today.