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How Are Flat Feet Diagnosed?

Tuesday, 04 January 2022 00:00

Flat feet are a type of foot structure in which the arch, usually located in the middle of the sole of the foot, is absent or is only visible when the foot is not bearing weight. Some people are born with flat feet. Others have an arch that has collapsed over time. The latter are more prone to foot pain. When diagnosing flat feet, your podiatrist will examine the feet closely while you sit or stand and hold your foot in various positions. They may also look at the insides of your shoes. People with flat feet often have more wear on the inside of the sole. For more information about flat feet, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor 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 our office located in Littlestown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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