Flat Feet

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flat feet is a condition that affects an estimated 20 to 30 percent of the general population. And while it usually doesnt lead to injury, it can be a contributing factor to foot or ankle pain in some people. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You probably dont give much thought to the steps you take. However, walking is a complex act. Because your feet support all of your weight, they are exposed to substantial pressure and risk of injury.

Flatfoot is a condition in which the longitudinal arch in the foot, which runs lengthwise along the sole of the foot, has not developed normally and is lowered or flattened out. One foot or both feet may be affected.

The condition usually doesnt cause a problem. However, flatfoot can contribute to problems in your feet, ankles and knees.

Treatment generally consists of wearing spacious, comfortable shoes with good arch support. You may also wear heel padding or orthotic shoe inserts that balance the foot in a neutral position and cushion the foot from excessive pounding.

Treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, heat or massage may help with foot pain and leg discomfort. If flatfoot causes significant orthopedic problems, surgery may be needed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.