Do you have pain in your heel or the arch of your foot? What about your lower back or calves--do they hurt when you walk or are on your feet for an extended period of time? If so, you may have a common podiatric condition called flat feet. Your podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL, Dr. Brian Doerr, understands this problem and treats in conservatively and effectively. You can find relief for your persistent discomfort.
They're pretty common
The Institute for Preventive Foot Health (IPFH) says that eight percent of Americans ages 21 and up have flat feet. While flat feet--that is, feet with arches that touch the ground--are ok in toddlers and kids, flat feet cause multiple problems in adults, including:
- Pain in the heel and arch of the foot
- Swollen and painful calves
- Lower back pain
- Tendonitis or tearing of the tibialis tendon along the back of the leg (it supports the arch of the foot)
In addition, some patients with flat feet simply complain--and with good reason--that their feet feel tired most of the time.
Causes of flat feet vary, but inherited foot structure, trauma to the bones of the foot, overuse, diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy, and obesity count among them. In addition, people who overpronate their feet, rolling them inward toward the midline of the body, strain and flatten the arches.
Treatment of flat feet in Fort Myers
When you see Dr. Doerr for a consultation, he'll examine your feet, check your gait, look at the pattern of wear on your shoes and take X-rays, a CT Scan or an MRI as needed. He'll also go over your medical history and ask you about your symptoms.
How will Dr. Doerr treat your flat feet? Well, know that surgery can be a treatment, but it's definitely not the first choice. Bone grafts, removal of parts of the foot bones and fusing parts of the foot and/or ankle are options, but conservative approaches serve most people best. They include:
- Over the counter analgesics and anti-inflammatories
- Shoes with well-constructed arch supports and ample room in the toe box
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises
- Custom-crafted shoe orthotics for support and proper gait
- Limiting repetitive motion sports such as running or tennis, particularly on hard surfaces such as concrete
- Use of tape and braces to support the tendons and ligaments
If you think you're developing symptoms of flat feet or have other painful conditions of the feet or ankles, contact Dr, Doerr, your podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL. You and your feet will receive modern diagnostics and treatment with the kindest of touch. Phone the office today at (239) 931-3668 for an appointment.