Flat Feet Specialist Q & A
At Hicksville Podiatry, our board-certified podiatrists and flat feet specialists consistently deliver exceptional flat feet treatment, as well as other foot conditions such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and more! Call us today or schedule an appointment online. We have 2 convenient locations near you. We serve patients from Hicksville NY, West Hempstead NY, Jericho NY, New Cassel NY, Bethpage NY, Levittown NY, Plainview NY, Westbury NY, East Meadow NY and Syosset NY.
Whether you have had flat feet since birth or are just noticing in adulthood a conspicuous lack of an arch on the bottom of your feet, a board-certified podiatrist like ours at Hicksville Podiatry can provide excellent treatment. We understand the pain and discomfort that a condition like flat feet can bring, which is why we are proud to deliver high-quality flat feet treatment to anyone who needs it!
Can flat feet be corrected?
While it will take some serious exercising and discipline, flat feet can be corrected! In particular, a 2016 study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science shows that short foot exercises can help improve the medial longitudinal arch of your foot, which is the arch that extends from the ball of your big toe and extends to your heel. That said, it should be noted that flat feet are often a permanent condition, especially when developed in adulthood. When flat feet develop in childhood, they usually correct themselves in time, unless it is due to a congenital abnormality or condition. As such, although our podiatrists at Hicksville Podiatry will do all they can to correct your flat feet, we cannot guarantee that it will be successful. At the very least, however, our board-certified podiatrists should be able to significantly improve any symptoms you are experiencing from flat feet.
What causes flat feet?
There are numerous possible causes for why you might develop flat feet, including congenital abnormalities, various health conditions, and injuries. Flat feet can occur when the tissues that hold the joints in your foot in place are loose or when the tendons that support the arch are strained, weakened, or injured, causing the arch to collapse. Some of the common causes of flat feet include the following:
- Ankle injury
- Broken or dislocated bones in your foot
- Cerebral palsy
- Congenital abnormalities
- Inflammation or rupture of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT)
- Lisfranc injury, or injury to the middle of the foot
- Muscular dystrophy
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal Bifida
- Weak arches
Is flat feet a disability?
If your flat feet condition is caused by a congenital deformity, then it is considered a disability. There are also two different types of flat feet, namely, rigid or flexible flatfeet. With flexible flatfoot, the arch is flat when you are standing but returns when sitting or lying down. On the other hand, rigid flatfoot is when the arch is flat all the time, whether standing or not. In most cases, rigid flatfoot is considered a disability due to the intense pain and discomfort it causes. In contrast, flexible flatfoot sometimes has no painful symptoms, but it can be painful at times. Flatfoot is also delineated as adult-acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD) or pediatric flatfoot, depending on when the condition develops.
Moreover, if you are a veteran with severe flat feet, which is also known as pes planus, you can receive a disability rating of 20 to 30% from Veteran Affairs for monthly compensation.
Can you rebuild arches in flat feet?
As mentioned above, collapsed or fallen arches from flat feet can be rebuilt with specific exercises and treatment. However, it is not a guarantee for everyone with flat feet that their arches can be rebuilt. Instances of flexible flatfoot are more likely to be able to be rebuilt than rigid flatfoot. When you come to Hicksville Podiatry for flat feet treatment, our specialists do all we can to try and rebuild the arches in your feet!
Is walking barefoot good for flat feet?
Some studies suggest that walking barefoot could be good for flat feet, but nothing conclusive has been uncovered on this front. As such, it is much more important to listen to the advice and expert medical opinion of your podiatrist on treating and improving flat feet, as it is not guaranteed that walking barefoot can legitimately improve your condition.
For first-rate flat feet treatment, we welcome you to come to Hicksville Podiatry! If you wish, you can schedule an appointment with us through our website or by calling us. We have clinics in two different locations, one in Hicksville, NY, and the other in West Hempstead, NY.