Flat Feet

A flat foot is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses during weight-bearing. Lack of an arch by itself is not pathologic, but can cause significant pain and disability. The condition can affect children, presenting as early as three years of age, and adults.

Causes

Hypermobility- Pronation is a part of the normal walking, but when there is excessive pronation during critical parts of the gait cycle, it can lead to pain and instability.

Tarsal Coalition- A condition where there is excessive growth of bone or cartilage in one of the joints of the rearfoot.

Symptoms

• Pain and muscle fatigue with walking

• Ankle pain

• Knee pain

• Muscle cramps on the outside of your legs at night

• “Growing pains”


Treatments

• Wearing good shoes

• Prescription Orthotics

• Surgery





Of special note, from ages 4 – 14 flat feet can be corrected with orthotics and a surgical procedure performed through 3 small incisions that leaves minimal scarring.


Some flat feet are not pathologic (painful) and require no treatment. But if you (or a child of yours) has painful flat feet, let one of our physicians evaluate your foot and recommend the best course of action. If left untreated, flat feet can cause significant pain and keep an otherwise healthy child from engaging in normal athletic activities.








 


Call Central Carolina Foot and Ankle Associates at (919) 477-9333 for an appointment or click the link below.


Central Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists

NORTH DURHAM
INDEPENDENCE MEDICAL PARK
4119 Capitol Street
Durham, NC 27704 
(near Duke Regional Hospital) 
919-477-9333   

SOUTHWEST DURHAM
HIGHGATE CENTRE
5107 Southpark Drive
Suite 202
Durham, NC 27713 
(close to RTP and Chapel Hill)
919-544-2583