Adult Flatfoot: Losing Your Arch
We adore the sight of those cute, pudgy, baby feet when our children are small. For most kids, the characteristic flat sole disappears as they begin to walk and the bones in their feet start to form an. If you’ve had a normal arch that is now starting to disappear in adulthood, you may have a condition called adult acquired flat foot (AAFD). This can be a minor problem with no symptoms or a serious one that causes pain and difficulty moving normally.
Flatfoot Symptoms: the Big Blob
You may have heard of the wet foot test, where you get your feet wet, step on a dark piece of paper, and then study the print that is left behind. If it is basically an oval – not a definite ball and heel imprint connected by a band along the outside – your feet are probably flat. This may be normal for you, and if it is not giving you pain, there is probably no need for concern. If, however, you notice that your ankles are rolling toward the inside, your toes are pointing outward, or you have tired, sore feet or achy legs, you may want to have them examined at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in New York.
What’s Causing My Flatfoot Problems?
If the condition is not inherited, it could be caused by a number of things. One is wear and tear over the years. Your feet experience a lot of stress, especially if your job requires lots of standing, crouching, or walking. The same can happen with people who engage in athletic activities that involve running and jumping. The tendons and ligaments that support the arch can stretch or tear and not hold up the foot bones as they used to, leaving you in a lot of pain. The most common cause of adult flatfoot is damage to the posterior tibial tendon that runs from your calf, inside your ankle, to the bones in the arch. Fallen arches can also be the result of an injury that damages these structures in the foot.
Other causes are serious conditions like a stroke that damages the nerves or muscles in the feet, or rheumatoid arthritis that causes the bones themselves to deteriorate. Charcot Foot is a serious complication of diabetes. Nerve damage from neuropathy and poor circulation keeps the diabetic patient from feeling pain as the ligaments and bones disintegrate, so they keep walking on the damaged bones and ligaments until the deterioration is so extensive the structure collapses.
Relief from Falling Arches
Treatments for flat feet depend on your symptoms. If you aren’t experiencing pain or difficulty moving, no treatment is needed. If you have pain along the inside or outside of your ankle, or feel numbness or tingling from bone spurs pressuring the nerves, let the specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates take a look. We may be able to fit you with custom orthotics or braces that can correct your problems, as well as teach you exercises and stretches than can address some of the muscle and tendon issues. Diabetic foot care is one of our specialties; we can make sure your adult flatfoot problems don’t lead to further issues like ulcers. In severe cases, surgery may be the best option to bring relief from your pain and limited movement.
Put an end to your flatfoot pain. Call one of our New York locations today: Rego Park at (718) 896-4433, Flushing at (718) 969-2266, or Plainview at (516) 822-9595.