Researchers estimate that 30% of adults have flat feet. Though the condition doesn’t always present symptoms, about one in 10 people with flat feet experience pain. At Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group, the team of expert physicians provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of flat feet. To make an appointment at the practice in the Greater Heights or Downtown neighborhoods of Houston, Texas, Pearland, Texas, and the location in Kingwood, Texas, call the nearest office today or schedule online.
The term “flat feet” refers to people who have feet without a visible arch. That means the soles of your feet make complete contact with the ground whenever you’re standing.
Everyone is born with flat feet, but your arches begin forming around the age of six. Sometimes, the arches fail to form. When this occurs, it can result in pain, stiffness, and mobility issues.
In the majority of cases, flat feet don’t present symptoms. Even so, some people do experience leg cramps, muscle pain, or pain when walking. If you develop any of these symptoms, don’t wait to make an appointment at Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group.
Often, flat feet occur due to genetics. For example, if your parents or grandparents had flat feet, you’re more likely to have them as well. Certain health issues also increase your risk of flat feet, including:
You’re also more likely to experience flat feet if you’re overweight.
To diagnose flat feet, your Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group provider physically examines your feet and arches. Then, they have you stand up, sit down, and walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture and to determine how your weight is distributed.
If your provider suspects another underlying issue is to blame, they might order X-rays to assess the bones in your feet.
Treatment of flat feet depends on your age, lifestyle, and the severity of your symptoms. Often, pain caused by flat feet responds to over-the-counter pain medication, icing, or physical therapy. If your symptoms worsen, or they interfere with your ability to go to work or exercise, you might benefit from custom orthotics.
Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts designed to support the unique structure of your foot. They provide extra padding and support, reducing pain and sensitivity.
If you have flat feet, make an appointment at Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.