Flat foot occurs when the arch of the foot falls or is lower than usual, causing the entire sole of the foot to come into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. Flat feet may be congenital (born that way) for some individuals or may occur over time due to arthritis or ligament and tendon injury. The onset of flat foot can result from poorly supportive shoes or previous foot injuries.
Painless flat feet should be left alone or treated with simple inserts for comfort. Painful flat feet, however, can make simple activities like walking uncomfortable and can even lead to stiffness and arthritis. If you suffer from this foot condition but find that nonsurgical treatments like orthotics, braces, over-the-counter medication, and physical therapy are not helping, you may want to consult with a foot specialist.
To learn more about the treatment options available for flat foot, please complete the appointment request box or call (319) 338-3606 to schedule a consultation with a Steindler Orthopedic Clinic specialty-trained foot doctor.