Your feet are made for walking, and while flat feet for some people are barely noticeable, for others, the condition can lead to complications, impaired mobility, and persistent pain. Skilled podiatrist Dr. William Lehrich, of the Family Podiatry Center, provides an array of effective treatments, such as custom orthotics, at his office in the Mission District of San Francisco, California, and San Leandro, California. Dr. Lehrich ensures each patient receives individualized, quality care. Call one of the two offices or book your consultation online.
Normal foot arches that are fully developed have a noticeable upward curve in the middle of the foot. Normal arches stabilize and support the tendons and ligaments in the lower leg and foot.
If you have flat feet, or fallen arches, the arch hasn’t developed properly or has collapsed over time in either one foot or both feet.
Flat feet are often hereditary and present from birth, but they can develop from aging, overuse, or following a fracture, ligament tear, or another type of injury.
An arch can also collapse as a complication of rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or other medical conditions.
There’s a test you can do at home to help determine if you have flat feet, in addition to visiting a trained podiatrist like Dr. Lehrich.
Find a concrete surface and some water. Get your feet wet and stand on the surface as you normally would. Step away and examine the imprints.
If you have normal arches, the inside curve of your foot will be missing from the imprint, but if you have flat feet, you should see the entire or almost the whole imprint of the base of your foot.
Flat feet can cause pain, swelling, and redness along the inner side of the foot. It might be difficult for you to stand or walk for long periods of time.
As the collapse worsens, your heel bone might shift out of alignment, your ankle can roll inward, and your foot can turn outward.
Bony bumps or ulcers in the skin can develop, and in some cases, flat feet can throw other joints out of alignment.
To treat flat feet, Dr. Lehrich first determines the severity and cause. Next, he plans treatments geared at improving mobility, supporting your arches, relieving pain, and preventing further complications.
Walking boots to allow your tendon to heal
To improve your arch in more severe cases, Dr. Lehrich might recommend surgery to clean or repair the tendon or to fuse the joints of your foot into the correct position.
Learn more from Dr. Lehrich and the compassionate Family Podiatry team. Call or click to book online.