Your feet play a pivotal role in your mobility and the proper distribution of your body weight to prevent excess stress on any one joint or body part. Though flat feet don’t always cause problems, they may be the reason you suffer from ankle or knee pain. At Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, in College Park, Maryland, the experienced team of podiatrists takes an integrative and conservative approach to care. They can diagnose and treat your flat feet to improve function and alleviate other health issues. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Flat feet means the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand. Your foot arch acts like a spring and supports the mechanical movement of your feet when walking, running, or jumping. Your arch also absorbs much of the shock placed on the foot when in locomotion.
With flat feet, your foot doesn’t have the arch support, which may affect the normal function of your feet and place extra stress on other parts of your body.
Everyone is born with flat feet. Then, during childhood, the arch of your foot develops.
In some people, the arch never develops, resulting in flat feet. You may also develop flat feet after an injury. Aging affects the structure and function of your feet, and your arches may fall as you get older due to general wear-and-tear.
Diabetes, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis are also risk factors that contribute to the development of flat feet.
The team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come to the office with concerns about flat feet. To diagnose the foot condition, the team examines the mechanics of your feet when standing and walking.
They may also ask to look at your shoes to see your wear pattern, which helps them determine the general mechanics of your feet when you walk.
The podiatry team at Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC takes an integrative approach to foot health and asks detailed questions to better understand your health needs and concerns. They use the information gathered during your exam to develop a treatment plan that benefits your flat feet and overall health.
If you’re experiencing foot pain, the team may request diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to confirm or rule out other conditions that may contribute to your pain.
The team develops personalized treatment plans for flat feet based on your symptoms and health goals.
Your treatment plan may include:
The team may also suggest weight loss if you’re obese, to alleviate the stress placed on your feet and arches.
For a personalized approach to your flat feet, call Svetlana Malinsky, DPM PC, or schedule an appointment online today.