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Flat Foot Treatment in New York, NY

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WHAT IS A FLAT FOOT?

A flat foot is a term used to describe a collapsed arch, a collapse in the medial longitudinal arch of the foot, and sagging of the heel valgus. When this occurs, the foot flattens and is pushed outward. There are two kinds of flat feet. The first, a flexible flat foot, retains motion and the arch can spring back when the foot has no weight on it. This is typically not painful, though some people may experience pain after playing sports. The second type is known as a rigid flat foot. These feet are ‘stuck’ in the flat position and the arch is not present, whether bearing weight or not. Rigid flat foot, unlike flexible flat foot, can cause foot pain during everyday activities. At Millennium Podiatry, we're dedicated to correcting these issues for our patients in New York, NY. Our talented team of doctors is highly experienced in rectifying instances of both flexible and rigid flat feet.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF FLAT FEET?

Patients who are suffering from flat feet may complain of pain in their arches and/or heels. Commonly, there is pain on the outside of the foot, where the foot meets the ankle, as the collapse foot abuts against the ankle. Additionally, muscle cramps within the foot and onto the leg may occur. In general, patients usually have pain with physical activities, such as walking or running. In many instances, irritation from shoe gear can cause redness and swelling for those with flat feet.

What CAUSES FLAT FEET?

There are a variety of causes of flat feet. It can be genetic, acquired, or develop over time. In addition, injury, tendon problems, and arthritis can also lead to flat feet. Rigid flat feet may occur from a condition called tarsal coalition where the bones in the back of the foot are genetically fused or locked together.

What Forms of TREATMENT Are Available for Flat Feet?

Nonsurgical treatment:

  • Purchase better-fitting shoes. Use shoe inserts, preferably arch supports.
  • Rest the foot and apply ice to the painful area.
  • Take anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain.
  • Ask your doctor if you need to follow a physical therapy program.

 

Surgical procedure often includes:

  • Heel bone realignment.
  • Repairing a stretched or torn tendon.
  • Using a piece of one tendon to lengthen or replace another.
  • Fusing one or more of the bones in the foot or ankle together.
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Correct Your Flat Feet

Whether you have flexible flat feet or rigid flat feet, the expert staff at Millennium Podiatry are dedicated to providing the medical care you deserve. Through a number of both surgical and nonsurgical techniques, we can alleviate pain and/or reshape your feet into a more ideal position. Contact our New York, NY office today to schedule your consultation, and receive an expert diagnosis from one of our doctors.

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