Progressive flatfoot (sometimes called adult acquired flatfoot or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction) occurs when the tendon that supports the arch stretches, tears, or becomes inflamed. When the posterior tibial tendon doesn’t function properly, the arch falls, causing what is commonly called a “flat foot.” Progressive flat foot can result in pain and weakness and can be caused by obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, trauma, and other factors.
The condition often worsens over time (hence the name “progressive”), causing the tendon to degenerate and slowly weaken and eventually leading to a more rigid and painful deformity.
Treatment of progressive flatfoot depends on how far the condition has progressed before diagnosed. This can range from a period of rest and immobilization to custom bracing or surgery.
To learn more about the treatment options available for progressive flatfoot, please complete the appointment request box or call (319) 338-3606 to schedule a consultation with a Steindler Orthopedic Clinic specialty-trained foot doctor.