Up to 30% of Americans have flat feet. Basically, when you have flat feet, the entire sole of your foot touches the ground when you stand. This problem typically starts in childhood because your arches don’t develop properly.
Other causes of flat feet include:
While flat feet don’t always cause symptoms, they can lead to problems, because they alter your alignment and weight distribution. When these imbalances occur, they can trigger foot pain or other complications, such as hammertoes, bunions, or plantar fasciitis.
At Precision Footcare, one of New York City’s premiere foot care locations, John Jurcisin, DPM, can help manage your flat feet and get your symptoms under control.
Dr. Jurcisin can usually determine if you have flat feet through a physical exam. This process involves observing your feet from the front and rear and watching you stand on your toes. In some cases, he also checks the wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes.
If you have additional foot symptoms, such as a lot of pain, Dr. Jurcisin could recommend additional image testing, such as:
These screenings can help identify structural damage or deformities in your feet.
After reaching a diagnosis, Dr. Jurcisin creates a personalized treatment strategy based on the severity of your foot problems and symptoms. Depending on your unique needs, this could involve one or more approaches.
If you have flat feet, stretching and physical therapy can help address the imbalances they cause. For example, many people with flat feet also have shortened Achilles tendons or develop overuse injuries from certain activities, such as running.
Exercises that can help with flat feet include:
Dr. Jurcisin often recommends performing foot exercises at least three times a week.
While a custom-made orthotic insert for your shoes won’t cure your flat feet, it can provide additional arch support.
At Precision Footcare, Dr. Jurcisin custom designs your orthotics specifically for you. That means you get protection and support in just the right areas, and they properly distribute your weight in all the right places.
Wearing proper shoes is always important. But, when you have flat feet, it’s essential.
Dr. Jurcisin recommends choosing styles that firmly cup your heel and provide sturdy arch support. They should also have plenty of room in the toe box and a flexible midsection. If you’re not sure what to get, Dr. Jurcisin can offer personalized suggestions based on your lifestyle and individual needs.
In most cases, surgery isn’t required if you have flat feet. However, if you have a bone deformity, such as bunions, Dr. Jurcisin can suggest surgical treatments.
Do you have flat feet? Find relief by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Precision Footcare today.