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.

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Coastal Podiatry

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Mount Pleasant, SC & Moncks Corner, SC

Coastal Podiatry, LLC specializes in foot care and reconstructive surgery. Under the direction of Drs. Rahn and Tamika Ravenell, patients from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina are welcome for the treatment and care for many foot conditions such as ankle sprains, Athlete’s foot, bunions, corns and calluses, diabetic foot problems, plantar fasciitis, and more.

At Coastal Podiatry, LLC, the best care possible is offered for each patient who walks through the door. The doctors and staff work together to ensure a positive experience from checkups to surgeries. They offer the most advanced technology to provide patients with quick and convenient results including a state-of-the-art digital ultrasound machine and digital X-ray onsite that makes diagnostic procedures faster and safer than ever before. The doctors specialize in everything from preventative maintenance to reconstructive foot surgery for all your podiatric needs.

If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, call or visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC today. Welcoming new patients and accepting most forms of insurance.

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Coastal Podiatry

Coastal Podiatry, LLC specializes in foot care and reconstructive surgery. Under the direction of Drs. Rahn and Tamika Ravenell, patients from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina are welcome for the treatment and care for many foot conditions such as ankle sprains, Athlete’s foot, bunions, corns and calluses, diabetic foot problems, plantar fasciitis, and more.

At Coastal Podiatry, LLC, the best care possible is offered for each patient who walks through the door. The doctors and staff work together to ensure a positive experience from checkups to surgeries. They offer the most advanced technology to provide patients with quick and convenient results including a state-of-the-art digital ultrasound machine and digital X-ray onsite that makes diagnostic procedures faster and safer than ever before. The doctors specialize in everything from preventative maintenance to reconstructive foot surgery for all your podiatric needs.

If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, call or visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC today. Welcoming new patients and accepting most forms of insurance.


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