Normally when you stand, there is space between the inner arch and the floor, but for some people, their arches lay flat or very low to the surface. The arch functions in shock absorption, stabilization for activities like walking, running, jumping, and allows you to maneuver over uneven surfaces. Although flat feet can be painless, it often contributes to a variety of foot and ankle problems, as well as issues in other areas of the body.
What are the causes/risk factors of flat feet?
- Genetic factors
- Foot or ankle injury
- Weak arches
- Diseases affecting the muscles or nervous system
You can see if you have flat feet by performing a self-assessment: Wet the bottom of your feet, and step onto a dry, flat surface. If your footprint shows most or all of your arch, you have flat feet.
If pain or discomfort develops, a foot care specialist can help with diagnosis and treatment, which may include:
- Properly fitting supportive shoes that give sufficient arch support
- Custom orthotics to insert into shoes
- Stretching exercises to improve flexibility and motion
- Physical therapy to reduce pain and inflammation
Other treatments like the MLS laser therapy or the TOPAZ device may be used to treat conditions that are the underlying cause of your pain or discomfort. Marc Singer, DPM PA is one of the few podiatry practices in Baltimore County that provides these innovative and conservative treatment therapies. Dr. Marc Singer and his staff provide high quality, individualized care for patients of all ages who suffer from foot and ankle conditions such as plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot problems, fungal infections, ingrown toenails, toe deformities, joint pain, and sports injuries. Please explore our website for more information and contact either of our convenient locations in Pikesville and Middle River today for an appointment!