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Flat Feet

When your foot’s arch doesn’t develop properly, you have a flat foot or flat feet condition. Board-certified podiatrist Andrew McCall, DPM, FACFAS, of Alpine Foot and Ankle in Idaho Falls, ID and Alpine, WY, can help you overcome the discomfort and gait complications associated with flat feet. Call the office today to set up a visit and start getting the care you need or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

Flat feet means you have little or no arch in the soles of your feet. The arch of a normal foot shows up as a gap when the foot is placed firmly on the ground. When you have flat feet, the whole sole of your foot rests against the ground.

Why did I develop flat feet?

Flat feet can be due to genetics or the wear-and-tear of aging.

Other factors also contribute to the development of flat feet, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Ligament Overuse
  • Obesity
  • Foot or ankle injuries
  • Muscle or nervous system diseases

A specific condition, known as tarsal condition, also causes flat feet. Tarsal condition causes the bones in your feet to fuse together. 

How do I know my flat feet are a problem?

Flat feet don’t always cause symptoms or mobility issues. Over time, however, you may start to notice discomfort and pain in your feet, usually in the arch. You may also experience swelling in your ankles as a result. Flat feet can cause misalignments in your legs that also cause pain in your knees and ankles. 

How are flat feet treated?

If you have flat feet, it’s wise to get an evaluation at Alpine Foot and Ankle. Dr. McCall looks at your gait and how you stand and may order imaging tests like an MRI or X-ray to comprehensively understand your case.

Dr. McCall recommends exercises that stretch your calf muscles and Achilles tendon to prevent pain from flat feet. You may also find that rolling a golf ball back and forth under your foot is a simple exercise you can do to help alleviate symptoms.

Ice therapy is an option if you’re suffering pain or swelling due to flat feet. Custom orthotics support your feet and prevent pain and mobility issues. If you’re overweight, losing weight can relieve pressure on flat feet. 

Diabetes is a risk factor for flat feet. If you have diabetes, it’s important to schedule routine foot checks to protect the health of your feet. 

Surgery is a good option if pain persists despite conservative treatment. Foot surgery can restore foot stability and significantly reduce pain. Dr. McCall has over 20 years of surgical experience performing thousands of cases with excellent results.

Call today or use the online tool to make an appointment at Alpine Foot and Ankle if you’re concerned about low arches or flat feet.


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