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There are a number of deformities and issues that can affect the shape of a person’s feet, the primary of which is having flat feet. This condition can either be present at birth or it can develop later in life. We provide flat feet correction in Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach, for those suffering issues from this condition.

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What Causes Flat Feet?

It’s possible for this condition to develop because of an injury or health complication that causes the arch to fall. These injuries and complications include:

  • Bones that are dislocated or broken
  • Nerve issues
  • Diabetes
  • Health conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Tendons that have been stretched or torn
  • Obesity or pregnancy

What are Flat Feet?

When you take a look at another person’s feet, it’s likely that there will be an arch between the toes and the back of the foot which slightly raises off the ground. Having flat feet eliminates this arch, which means that the entire foot is flattened whenever you stand up. 

This is a very common condition that typically doesn’t cause any issues (unless you simply prefer the appearance of arched feet when compared to flat feet). However, there are some small complications that may occur in certain situations. Unless you’re experiencing some level of pain along with the condition, it’s unlikely that you will need to get treatment for the deformity. If you do experience pain, it may worsen when you exercise or perform different activities. Small amounts of swelling may also occur when you have flat feet.

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Managing Pain due to Flat Feet

There are a wide variety of exercises that can be used to manage the pain that can sometimes occur with flat feet, many of which are offered with physical therapy. The primary exercise used to manage this pain is heel cord stretching, which can relieve your pain by stretching your posterior calf muscles and Achilles tendon. This exercise involves bending your knee until you feel the back of your leg stretch. It’s easy to perform and should be done in repetitions of 8-10 around twice per day until you experience relief from your pain. Pain medications and orthotic devices can also provide relief.

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What Complications are Associated with Flat Feet?

In most cases, the presence of flat feet doesn’t directly cause any complications. While you may experience pain from time to time, there are some easy ways to remedy this pain. However, flat feet can worsen problems and injuries that you experience in your lower legs, feet, or ankles. If you suffer from arthritis in your feet or ankles, the pain from this condition will likely become worse if you have flat feet. The same is true for such conditions as shin splints, bunions, and Achilles tendonitis.

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Home Remedies

Most treatments for flat feet are home remedies and can include something as simple as resting your foot or icing it whenever it becomes painful. Custom corrective orthotics are another great conservative treatment for flat feet. You can also work to reduce the risk factors that apply to you, which can include everything from obesity to high blood pressure. You should avoid playing sports with high amounts of impact as well, which extends to soccer, basketball, and hockey. 

Surgery for Flat Feet

If the foot damage has become too severe, flat feet correction in Newport Beach may be required to correct the fallen arch. Some of the surgical procedures that can be used to treat flat feet include arthrodesis, excision, osteotomy, and tendon transfer.

The surgery that is recommended to you will depend primarily on what caused your flat feet in the first place. 

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Foot & Ankle Specialty Group for Flat Feet Treatment

We are a modern, family-friendly foot and ankle clinic with the mission of getting our patients back on their feet so they can get back to their life. Foot & Ankle Specialty Group is Dr. Salma Aziz, Dr. Petrina Yokay, and Dr. Jessica Arneson. We are a nurturing female doctor group providing exceptional patient care and follow-up for a well-rounded experience. In business since 2001, Dr. Salma Aziz has built her reputation on time-tested practices, spending a lot of quality time with her patients to ensure that she addresses each and every concern. If you’re looking for flat feet correction in the Rancho Santa Margarita and Newport Beach area, contact us today. 

FAQ

I have flat feet, and I’ve heard that I shouldn’t perform high-impact exercise. Is this true?

This is a myth. If you have the correct shoes, you should be able to run and perform other high-impact forms of exercise even if you do have flat feet. 

When do flat feet typically develop?

I have flat feet, and I’ve heard that I shouldn’t perform high-impact exercise. Is this true?

How do I know which surgery will be right for my flat feet?

When do flat feet typically develop?

The flat feet condition is very common among babies and young toddlers because the arch hasn’t had time to properly develop. For the majority of people, the arch of the foot will develop during childhood. However, some of these people will never develop arches within their feet, which is normal and doesn’t automatically indicate a problem.

I have flat feet, and I’ve heard that I shouldn’t perform high-impact exercise. Is this true?

If you have the correct shoes, you should be able to run and perform other high-impact forms of exercise even if you do have flat feet.

How do I know which surgery will be right for my flat feet?

If it is determined that flat feet correction in Newport Beach is needed to improve your condition, one of our foot and ankle experts will go over all your available surgical options during your consultation. Everyone is different and will require a unique treatment plan.

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