Flat Feet

Premier Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Somerset, NJ

Flat feet aren’t generally a medical concern, although the drop in your arch can lead to chronic foot pain and ankle instability. If you have flat feet, top board-certified podiatrist Jade Gittens, DPM, of Premier Foot & Ankle Center can help. Get started on your flat feet therapy plan at this Somerset, New Jersey, practice by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the clinic.

Flat Feet Q & A

What causes flat feet?

Flat feet tend to be associated with overpronation, where your ankle bones lean inward, possibly due to your inherited foot shape. But you can also have flat feet due to:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a foot or ankle injury
  • Developing rheumatoid arthritis
  • Getting older
  • Having diabetes

Flat feet can develop in childhood, although in many cases, adults can become flat-footed, too.

Do flat feet cause symptoms?

Not always. Once the tendon across your arch becomes inflamed, a sign of a condition called tibialis posterior tendinitis, you can start feeling discomfort. When this occurs, you may experience pain and inflammation in your:

  • Feet
  • Ankles
  • Lower legs

Tibialis posterior tendinitis means that the tendon that supports your arch becomes stretched out or torn. This can happen due to a genetic defect or abnormal attachment of your tendon to the bones in your midfoot. If left untreated, this can lead to chronic foot pain and severe ankle instability that can leave you prone to having ankle issues and injuries — including ankle sprains.

How are flat feet treated?

Because flat feet require regular management to ensure the tendon doesn’t become more damaged or inflamed, it’s important to discuss all of your symptoms with Dr. Gittens. She can work with you to design a therapy plan that can include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Taping, bracing, or custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections

Dr. Gittens emphasizes the importance of proper footwear and avoiding barefoot walking — the goal of therapy is to find ways to boost arch support. If you’re still not getting relief after trying these conservative treatments, or if your condition is worsening, Dr. Gittens could suggest surgical repair.

Surgery for flat feet involves repairing the torn or damaged tendon. If needed, Dr. Gittens can also correct the bones in your midfoot to restore proper foot function and minimize issues with flat feet pain. No matter which solution is right for you, Dr. Gittens and her specialized team at Premier Foot & Ankle Center work to help you recover from flat feet-related pain.

The team at Premier Foot & Ankle Center understands how flat feet can cause chronic foot and ankle pain. Start your treatment right away by scheduling an evaluation online or over the phone.