How Do Flat Feet Affect Your Overall Health?

Everyone’s feet are flat to some degree, but if your feet lack sufficient arching, you can develop health problems. Research conducted by the NPD Group for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health showed that about 8% of adults in the US, ages 21 and older, have completely flat feet. And another 4% or so develop fallen arches.

If you know or suspect you have flat feet and related health problems, contact New Canaan Podiatry today or book an appointment with Jennifer Tauber, DPM, on our website. Read on to learn more about potential health issues flatter feet can cause.

Flat feet defined

When you have flat feet, it means that your arches have fallen or were never raised to begin. You can also have no arches, meaning there’s virtually no connective tissues or bones in your midfoot, and your feet are completely flat on the ground when you stand. Some people are born with flat feet, and others develop flatter feet over time, due to factors such as aging or weight gain. 

Flat feet health problems

While flat feet don’t always cause problems, some people develop issues that can interfere with your quality of life and wellbeing. This is because the arches in your feet help distribute your body weight evenly and allow you to walk with ease. Possible problems flat feet can lead to or worsen include:

Flat feet and its complications can also make you more susceptible to accidents and injuries, such as spills and broken bones. 

Treatment for flat feet

If you have flat feet and notice severe or lasting pain in your feet, knees, hips, or lower back, schedule an exam with Dr. Tauber. During your appointment, you’ll discuss your health history, symptoms, and lifestyle. Dr. Tauber will also conduct an exam to figure out whether your feet are the problem. She’ll also watch you walk and may order an imaging test, such as an X-ray, to diagnose or rule out other issues, such as broken bones.

Treatment for flat feet varies, depending on the specifics of your feet and the severity of any related issues. Dr. Tauber may recommend custom orthotics or special shoes, physical therapy, specific stretches, or massage. Severe cases may require surgery.

Learn more about flat feet and treatment options by contacting New Canaan Podiatry or scheduling an exam on our website.

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