Approximately 26 million adults in the United States have either flat feet or fallen arches, which makes the condition a fairly prevalent foot condition. At The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery in Wallingford, Connecticut, Christopher Yardan, DPM, understands the cascading effect that flat feet can have on your biomechanics and offers effective solutions. To learn more about treating flatfoot, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
Flat feet is an aptly named description of a condition in which the arches of your feet are flat, allowing your entire foot to rest on the ground. You may also hear this condition referred to medically as “flatfoot.” Under normal circumstances, your feet have arches, which are made up of tarsal and metatarsal bones that are held together by ligaments and tendons. These structures support your entire body, keeping it aligned and balanced.
When you’re flat-footed, the support and balance in your feet are thrown off, which can have a cascading effect over your entire biomechanical system, including your:
While some people don’t feel any effects from flat feet, they have the potential of leading to significant problems with tendonitis, arthritis, and ligament strain if they’re not properly addressed.
There are several causes of flat feet, including:
All babies are born without arches, which develop during childhood. In some cases, however, the arches never develop.
Through wear and tear, especially in your posterior tibial tendon, your arches can fall as an adult. As well, injury and arthritis can lead to flatfoot, especially as you grow older.
Some children display no arches while standing, but the arches are there when no weight is placed on the feet. Most children outgrow this condition.
If you’re having problems with flat feet, Dr. Yardan first sits down with you to review your symptoms and then relies on advanced imaging to get a closer look at the internal structures of your feet. Once he has a clear understanding of your situation, he recommends a treatment plan that may include:
Dr. Yardan prefers to start out conservatively, only becoming more aggressive if the problem persists.
If you may benefit from surgical intervention to correct your flatfoot, this decision depends on several key things, such as your:
For the surgery itself, Dr. Yardan typically relies on a combination of osteotomies, fusions, and tendon transfers. Rest assured, Dr. Yardan is board-certified in reconstructive foot, rear foot, and ankle surgery, which means you’re in good hands for your flatfoot repair.
To correct your flat feet, please call The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.