Eastside Podiatry PLLC
Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Diabetic Wound Care Specialists located in St. Clair Shores, MI & Fraser, MI
Having flat feet isn't a medical concern, although in many cases, your fallen arches can lead to chronic pain. At Eastside Podiatry, there are plenty of options to treat flat feet. In many cases, Hatim Burhani, DPM, FACFAS, Siraj Panchbhaiya, DPM, FACFAS, and their team can provide effective, lasting solutions to help ease your pain and improve your gait. Book an appointment by calling the office in St. Clair Shores or Fraser, Michigan, or using the online booking tool today.
What causes flat feet?
If the arches between the balls and heels of your feet touch the ground — or come close to it — you have flat feet. In many cases, flat feet occur because your arches didn't develop properly during childhood. But you can certainly develop flat feet at any point in life due to:
- Trauma or injury
- Obesity or being overweight
- Chronic conditions, including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
While not usually a medical concern, flat feet can certainly lead to pain and discomfort, since they can affect the way you stand and walk, as well as the stability of your ankle.
What are the symptoms of flat feet?
If you start having problems with your flat feet, you might have lingering discomfort that never seems to go away, or you can have acute issues that only flare up during exercise or sporting activities. In any case, flat feet can cause or increase your risk of:
- Ankle pain
- Arch or heel discomfort
- Swelling inside your ankles
Because these symptoms — no matter how minor — can change the way you walk (your gait), you can also develop secondary ailments, such as knee pain and shin splints. This is why being flat-footed isn't anything you should ignore.
How are flat feet treated?
The caring podiatry team at Eastside Podiatry PLLC understand how uncomfortable it can be to live with flat feet. Whether you have minor discomfort or long-lasting chronic pain due to flat feet, the team has plenty of solutions to help. Your flat feet treatment can include:
- Arch supports
- Prescription orthotics
- Supportive shoes
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Corticosteroid injections
In some cases, you might need surgery. While surgery doesn't correct flat feet, you might need surgical repair for associated issues, including tendon or ligament tears. No matter which type of treatment is right for you, rest assured, the team at Eastside Podiatry PLLC works diligently to find a pain-relieving solution for you.
Learn more about the modern flat feet therapies offered at Eastside Podiatry PLLC by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.
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