When Flatfoot Problems Need Our Care

Your foot arches are formed by tarsal and metatarsal bones, and strengthened by various tendons and ligaments. These elaborately-structured features allow your feet to support your full weight in the most efficient manner when you stand upright, and they also play an instrumental role in weight distribution with every step.

Did you ever wonder why some feet look different from others when observed from the side? Foot arches vary in height from person to person, with some people having low arches – a condition known as flatfoot. This doesn’t always lead to issues, but flatfoot problems can sometimes develop over time. When they do, symptoms of a problem can include:

  • Pain and swelling on the inside of the ankle, particularly along the posterior tibial tendon.
  • Pain that worsens with physical activity. High-impact, intense activities can be very difficult for some individuals who have a flatfoot condition.
  • Excess pressure on the outer ankle bone (fibula), which can lead to pain on the outside edge of the ankle.
  • Bone spurs that develop on the inside and top of the foot. The spurs—calcium deposits that build up over time—can make wearing shoes and other footwear difficult. When they become large, bone spurs can pinch nerves and cause tingling and numbness along the top of the foot and down into the toes.
  • When combined with diabetes, swelling and large bumps on the bottom of flat feet can lead to skin problems, including ulceration. For this reason, we strongly recommend you wear the appropriate diabetic footwear to keep you safe.

If you have flat feet, but do not experience any problems, there is no need to come in and see us here at Houston Foot Specialists for the condition. Of course, if you are having any of the above issues and want them addressed, we are ready to help.

Our Houston, TX podiatrist office provides effective treatment for a wide array of foot and ankle conditions, including flatfoot. For more information on the services we offer, simply give us a call at (713) 467-8886 or request an appointment with us here on our website.

Categories: Foot and Ankle Pain