Flat Feet

Friday, February 03, 2017

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.

Flat feet is a condition in which the longitudinal arch in the feet, which run lengthwise along the sole of the feet, has not developed normally and is lowered or flattened out. The entire sole of the foot touches the floor when standing. One foot or both feet may be affected.

The condition usually doesnt cause a problem. However, flat feet 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 feet in a neutral position and cushion the feet from excessive pounding.

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

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