Foot problems which affect walking and standing can quickly decrease your quality of life. Luckily, if you suffer from pain caused by flat feet, your podiatrist can help you overcome your foot pain and gait issues. Learn more about flat feet and how your Wheeling, IL podiatrist, Dr. Paul Potach can help treat them.
Do I have flat feet?
There is a simple test you can perform to determine if you have flat feet or fallen arches. Simply get your feet wet, then stand on a surface where your footprint will show such as concrete. Then, look at your footprint. A normal footprint will have no water where the arch of the foot is. If you can see the entire outline of your foot, including the arch, you probably have flat feet. Symptoms of flat feet include:
- feet which tire easily
- back pain
- leg pain
- difficulty standing on your toes
- pain, aching, or swelling, especially on the inside of your foot where you arch should be
If you discover that you think you have flat feet, you should consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Flat Feet Diagnosis in Wheeling, IL
Flat feet are common in children and are usually present from birth. Damage or injury to the tendons and bones can also cause flat feet. Obesity, diabetes, pregnancy, and simply aging also play a part in the development of flat feet. Finding the cause of flat feet is an important part of diagnosing and treating this condition. Dr. Potach will use a physical examination along with your family and medical history and various testing to determine if you have flat feet. Additionally, Dr. Potach may use imagining techniques like MRIs or x-rays to see inside the connective tissues and bones inside of your foot.
How can my podiatrist help with my flat feet?
Many cases of pain caused by flat feet can be resolved with custom orthotics. Orthotics, prescribed by your doctor, fit inside your shoe to help evenly distribute the body’s weight onto the foot. Stretching exercises, pain relief medications, physical therapy, or injections may also help relieve the symptoms of flat feet. In severe cases, surgery may be the best course of treatment. Dr. Potach can help you determine which treatment is best for you and your feet.
For more information on flat feet, please contact Dr. Paul Potach, D.P.M., with offices in Wheeling, and Berwyn, IL. Call to schedule your appointment for a foot examination today!