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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
July 24, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Flat Feet  

While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.

How to tell if you have flat feet

If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.

Symptoms of flat feet

The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.

Potential complications of flat feet

Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.

Treating flat feet

If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:

  • Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
  • Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
  • Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
  • Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.

If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

What’s Causing my Leg Pain?

Leg pain and discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons, but it should never be ignored. Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in your feet—pain in the lower extremities is a common complaint that might send you to your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers.  If you are experiencing leg pain, it can be due to an array of reasons including:

Shin Splints. This type of lower leg pain occurs when connective tissues and muscles along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed.  You may experience this after running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces due to the repetitive force that overloads muscles and tendons.

Flat Feet. If you suffer from flat feet, and do not have proper orthotics or shoes you can experience leg pain.  Due to the outward rotation of the foot and leg, you may begin to feel pain.  To treat flat feet, it is important to visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers, Fairfax podiatrist, for proper diagnosis and orthotics.

Sprained Ankle.  A fracture or sprain can also cause leg pain.  For mild sprains, your Fairfax podiatrist recommends RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation.  For a more severe sprain or fracture, apply ice and visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers immediately.  

Diabetic Neuropathy. With diabetes, nerves can be damaged from high blood sugar levels.  Diabetes can cause pain in both legs along with numbness and less sensation in lower legs.  By visiting your podiatrist in Fairfax you can take charge of your diabetes and protect your feet and legs.

By visiting Family Foot and Ankle Centers, you can prevent leg pain and foot pain.  Visit your Fairfax podiatrist today for further diagnosis and treatment options so you can live pain free.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 23, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet   Flat Foot   Fallen Arch  

Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat feet are a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of his or her feet.  Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch.  When this occurs, feet can turn inward causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your Fairfax podiatrist, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.

Foot Problems

If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot.  One problem you might develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result from having flat foot.  The lack of shock absorption in the foot can also cause shin splints, while bunions and hammertoes may also result from having flat feet.

Leg Problems

When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs.  Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance.  When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.

Treatment for Flat Feet

To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics, or arch supports, are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your missing arches normally would.  If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. 

Visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further consultation and treatment planning for your flat feet.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
October 01, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet   Flatfoot  

Children with Flat FeetAs parents, we want our children to remain healthy and happy.  But when they are in pain, it is our duty to find the best ways to help eliminate their discomfort.  While many toddlers grow out of flatfeet, it is important to pay close attention to your child’s feet in order to ensure their feet are properly developing before pain begins. 

Pediatric flatfoot can be classified as symptomatic or asymptomatic, and are quite common—usually nonsurgical. Symptomatic flatfeet exhibit symptoms such as pain and limitation of activity, while asymptomatic flatfeet show no symptoms at all.  These classifications can help your podiatrist in Fairfax in determining an appropriate treatment plan for your child.

Flatfoot can be apparent at birth or it can show up years later.  Most children with flatfoot have no symptoms, but some have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain, tenderness, or cramping in the foot, leg and knee
  • Outward tilting of the heel
  • Awkwardness or changes in walking
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Reduced energy
  • Voluntary withdrawal from physical activities

Your Fairfax podiatrist diagnoses your child’s flatfoot by examining the foot and observing how it looks when he or she stands and sits.  Your podiatrist will observe how your child walks and will evaluate the range of motion of the foot.  Since flatfoot can sometimes be related to problems in the leg, your podiatrist may also examine the knee and hip.  X-rays may be used to determine the severity of the deformity, with additional imaging and tests needed for further diagnosis.   

Visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further diagnosis and treatment options for your child’s flatfoot condition.  It is important to find relief for your child’s pain so that he or she can enjoy daily activities. 

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
August 09, 2011
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

Flat FeetThe arch structure of our feet determines how we walk, which means our arches need to be both sturdy and flexible in order to adjust to different walking surfaces. For most people, their feet have a curve or an arch at the bottom that provides flexibility and shock absorption. But for the five percent of Adults in the U.S. with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed.

One common type of flatfoot is adult-acquired flatfoot. It is caused by overstretching the tendon that supports the arch. Flexible flatfoot is also common and occurs when the foot is flat when standing, but returns to a normal arch in non-weight-bearing positions.

Factors than increase your risk of flat feet include:

  • Excess weight
  • Age
  • Injury to your foot or ankle
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Pregnancy

When to See Your Fairfax Podiatrist

Most adults with a fallen arch experience little to no pain. For these patients, treatment is rarely necessary. A painful flatfoot, however, may be the sign of a congenital abnormality or an injury to the muscles and tendons of the foot. Pain can be severe, making it difficult to walk, wear shoes and perform simple every day tasks. More than achy feet, flatfoot can also lead to other, more serious problems and pain for your ankles, knees, back and hips.

Common symptoms associated with flat feet include:

  • Swelling along the inside of the ankle
  • Feet that tire easily or ache after standing for an extended period of time
  • A lack of mobility in your foot and difficulty standing on your toes
  • Sore, swollen feet; especially in the heel or arch of your foot

Steps Away from Flatfoot Pain Relief

If you are experiencing pain caused by flatfoot, visit Family Foot and Ankle Center for an evaluation. We can identify the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatments for your type of arch.

Talk with your podiatrist about the following treatment options:

  • Shoe inserts/ Orthotics
  • Shoe modifications
  • Rest and ice
  • Stretching exercises
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Surgery

Whether you were born with flat feet or you acquired fallen arches over time, if your flat feet are causing you pain or interfering with your day to day activities, visit Family Foot and Ankle Center. We can work with you to determine the best treatment options to eliminate the pain, improve your mobility and get you back to the activities you love.



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