Signs You Have Flat Feet

Discover the most common symptoms of fallen arches and what your treatment options are.

Do you suffer from pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles? If so, this could be the result of flat feet. Even though flat feet are something that every baby is born with, arches start to develop between the age of 3 and 6. However, some children never develop arches. In this case, the child is likely to have flat feet throughout their adult life. Our Somerset, NJ podiatrist, Dr. Jade Gittens, is here to discuss some of the warning signs of flat feet.

What are the symptoms of flat feet?

Ask yourself these questions to find out if you might be dealing with flat feet:

Q. Do you experience foot or ankle pain (pain that typically appears on the inside of the ankle)?

Q. Do your symptoms make it difficult to walk or stand for extended periods of time?

Q. Do you notice that your feet turn inward at the ankles?

Q. Do you find that your hips and lower back are often sore or strained?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are displaying symptoms that are common for those with flat feet and should be evaluated by our Somerset foot doctor.

Why is having flat feet bad?

While this isn’t always necessarily an issue, flat feet do tend to lean inward when walking or running. As you may already be able to imagine if the feet turn inward so do your legs. Over time, this can lead to overuse injuries or leg and back problems. If you also experience foot pain due to flat feet then it’s also important that you address the issue as soon as possible.

Is there a way to correct this problem?

When feet lean inwards we call this overpronating, so the goal of treatment is to reduce how much your feet pronate to prevent injuries and other issues. Some easy ways to manage flat feet is to:

Surgery or other aggressive treatments are typically not necessary for addressing flat feet-related issues.

Foot pain is not something to ignore or just live with. Let Premier Foot & Ankle Center in Somerset, NJ help you manage your symptoms effectively so you can get back to what really matters.

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