FAQ: Flat Feet
Why do my flat feet hurt?
When your feet are flat it means that your arch has collapsed, or has never developed. Whether you have had flat feet your whole life, or you have developed painful adult acquired flatfoot, you may wonder what is causing your discomfort.
The feet withstand a lot of weight, and the arch helps to support it. If you have adult acquired flatfoot, you lack this mechanism and may feel pain on the inside of your foot and have swelling at the ankle. This is due to the shifting of the pressure distribution of the heel and ankle bones. The pain often worsens with physical activity. In severe cases, it may even hurt to stand for a longer period of time. This is a condition that can stem from other conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and trauma.
If you suffer from pain due to flat feet, help is available. Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell to learn about conservative treatment options that will end your pain. Schedule an appointment at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC today.
Do I need flatfoot surgery?
Having flat feet isn’t always a problem. When the pain is severe enough to interfere with daily activities, though, flatfoot surgery becomes an option. If different non-surgical treatments have failed (physical therapy, orthotic devices, cortisone injections, etc.) it may be time to consider surgical means.
There are different types of surgery for different types of flatfoot. Flexible flatfoot is when the arch is present while sitting but disappears when you are standing. Pain is more often associated with rigid flatfoot, because of the lack of give in the arch area.
If you have questions about what kind of flat feet you have and how to treat them, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell or book an appointment online. Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC is equipped to deal with all of your podiatric needs. We want your feet to be as healthy as they can be.
Can I run with flat feet?
Running with flat feet can cause difficulties, but it can be done with some extra precautions. Some people never develop arches and others suffer from collapsed arches. If you have grown accustomed to running for exercise, it can be hard to stop just because your feet are more painful or your arches have collapsed. If you have flat feet, you can still run, but you should be more careful about which shoes you wear for this activity. You need footwear that offers support and stability, not just cushioning. Try running only on even surfaces instead of on bumpy terrain, which can make your pronation worse.
If you have questions about your flat feet call Dr. Rahn Ravenell today or schedule an appointment online at our Mt. Pleasant, SC office. We are here to help you stay active and healthy, while keeping your feet in good shape, too.