By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 08, 2017
Category: Foot Pain

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, patients often come in with foot pain that they do not know the source of. If you are experiencing pain in your heel, arch, ankle, along the outside of your foot, your shin, knee, hip or lower back, it may be caused by partial or completely fallen arches.

Although the term “flat feet” may make it seem that the condition is fairly obvious, it is not always so. Some people have what’s known as flexible flat feet: when they are sitting they appear to have a defined arch but when they stand the foot flattens out. In some cases, an arch may be only partially fallen.  Since your arch is an important component in ensuring that the weight of your body is distributed properly, improper positioning can result in pain in your foot and the lower half of your body.

Possible Causes of Fallen Arches

One common cause of flat feet is overpronation or the tendency to walk with your ankles turning inward. A way to tell if this might be true for you is to look at a pair of shoes that you’ve had for a while. When placed side by side the shoes will appear to lean into each other if you overpronate. Flat feet can also be caused by a tendon inflammation or a biomechanical defect.

Getting Relief

In extreme cases, surgery on the midfoot bones or to repair a damaged or torn tendon may be necessary. Fortunately, however, there are several non-surgical treatment options available as well. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and decide on the best treatment if you are diagnosed with flat feet depending on the underlying cause and the severity of your condition. Options include:

  • Medications
  • Immobilization
  • Weight management
  • Modification of activities
  • Shoe changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Bracing

If you have pain that you believe is due to flat feet, contact our Monmouth Junction, Monroe or Edison office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.