We all get passed down genes from our ancestors, whether it's our hair color or mannerisms. What you may not have thought about before was what kind of foot you inherited. Do you have a high arch, standard arch, or a low arch? Low-arched feet are also referred to as "flat feet." Some arches might just be a little bit lower than normal, and others may be super flat-- as in Fred Flinstone flat.
People with flat feet have arches that are lower than normal, sometimes causing the entire sole of the foot to touch the floor when standing. Your feet help to support your entire body and contribute to the alignment of your entire spinal system. Therefore having good foot structure is important to your body’s well-being.
The condition can first be detected in children when they become toddlers. Some kids begin to develop their arches, and in other kids they remain flat. In these cases, it is good to begin use of pediatric arch supports to help develop better joint and tendon positioning. Over time, the flattening came become worse and cause tendon damage, arthritis, and lower back pain.
The good news is it can be treated! We believe in early intervention rather than waiting until the damage is already done. Anti-inflammatory medications, icing, physical therapy, supportive taping, bracing, and orthotics are common treatments for flat foot. In more severe cases, there are surgical options to help restore your foot function. If you or your child is experiencing pain from flat feet, be sure to come in and get your feet treated here at DM Foot & Ankle!