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
- 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.