Flatfoot is a collapse of the foot’s arch over time in either one or both of the feet. The bones in the foot may shift out of the proper positioned as the arch collapses causing pain and other unfavorable podiatric conditions.
Flatfoot is often caused by a problem with the posterior tibial tendon. This tendon travels from the calf to the inner side of the foot and supports the arch’s overall structure. The arch can collapse if the tendon is weak, injured, or affected by diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Injuries to the foot that cause flatfoot may include fractures, dislocations or ligament damage.
The collapses arch during the flatfoot condition causes pain, swelling and redness along the inner side of the foot or ankle. As symptoms worsen, standing and walking may become increasingly difficult as the heel bone shifts out of place. The lack of support causes the foot to turn outward as the ankle rolls inward without the proper care. Bony bumps or ulcers may develop if not treated correctly.
There are several treatment options for flatfoot. A walking boot, custom foot orthotics and braces can help the tendon heal while supporting your arch. A patient may also opt to lose weight to correct their current condition – otherwise orthopedic foot surgery is always a secondary option.
Flatfoot can be a frustrating condition that causes varying levels of pain and discomfort. The Illinois Bone & Joint Institute can easily treat this foot deformity no matter how complex it may be. Contact a location near you to learn more about treating your flatfoot condition today.