Flat feet aren’t painful for everyone, but for many people they can contribute to pain in their feet, ankles, legs, and knees. If you have flat feet and complications linked with them, turn to Advanced Foot & Ankle in Denton, Texas. Highly experienced podiatrist Dr. Jaret Walker, DPM, offers a variety of foot and ankle treatments to restore your foot’s function. Call the office or request an appointment online today to learn more.
What are flat feet?
Flat feet is a condition that causes the arches in your feet to sink and touch the floor when you stand up. While it’s not always a cause for concern, flat feet can sometimes cause pain and problems with your knees or ankles, leg alignment, gait, and sports performance.
At the first sign of foot or ankle problems, you should see Dr. Jaret Walker at Advanced Foot & Ankle for a podiatric exam. Dr. Jaret Walker provides comprehensive care to ensure you receive the treatments necessary to improve foot function.
What are the symptoms of flat feet?
Flat feet don't always cause symptoms, but for many they do. Symptoms can occur from your feet to your hips. The most typical symptoms are pain in the inside of the ankle, pain in the arch, or foot fatigue.
How is the cause of flat feet diagnosed?
Dr. Jaret Walker discusses your symptoms and family medical history. He then examines your feet when you stand up, walk, and looks at wear patterns on your shoes to make a final diagnosis.
How are flat feet treated?
Dr. Jaret Walker is a compassionate doctor who often uses conservative approaches to help patients avoid surgery. However, he may recommend a variety of nonsurgical and surgical treatments depending on the severity of your condition.
Common treatments for flat feet include:
If you don’t experience pain or complications due to flat feet, Dr. Jaret Walker might simply recommend watchful waiting.
Orthotic arch supports fit comfortably inside your shoes to support foot arches and reduce discomfort caused by flat feet. Advanced Foot & Ankle provides orthotics by PowerStep®.
The most common reason for painful flat feet is a short Achilles tendon or calf. Physical therapy can resolve the tightness in the back of the leg permanently, which for the overwhelming majority of patients with painful flat feet this will alleviate their pain.
If the pain from flat feet can’t be resolved with nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Jaret Walker might recommend you undergo surgery. However, surgery is always the last resort once you have exhausted all other options.
To receive caring podiatric care for flat feet, call Advanced Foot & Ankle or request an appointment online today.