When you leave a footprint, you’ve probably noticed that it only leaves behind a portion of an outline. That’s because our feet have a raised arch, but not everyone has that arch. Some people have flatfeet, a typically painless condition that can contribute to other issues in the future. The podiatrists at SOFLLEX can determine if treatment is necessary to prevent this.
What is Flatfoot?
Flatfeet is also commonly known as fallen arches since it’s as if the natural arches in your feet have “fallen” to rest flat on the floor when you’re standing. While many people have flatfeet with no noticeable problems, others develop discomfort and pain in various parts of the body, including the knees, hips, and lower back.
When you visit our office, we will determine if treatment is necessary based on your symptoms. Some people can live with flatfeet without needing to ever address it.
Symptoms of Flatfoot
- Overpronation (feet pointing outward)
- Ankle pain
- Feet feel stiff
- Pain or discomfort in the arch, legs, hips, knees, calves, or back
Causes of Flatfoot
- Foot injury
- Diseases such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy
What is Flatfoot Reconstruction?
Treatment is usually only recommended if you are feeling noticeable symptoms. However, pain or altered leg alignment are signs that action should be taken. In some cases, nonsurgical treatment is all you need. The doctors might suggest orthotic inserts, cortisone injections, or physical therapy.
However, some patients might require surgery. There are many options available, and it depends on the cause of your condition. Some of these include:
This procedure involves manually building the arch by cutting and restructuring bones.
The damaged tendon is replaced by another tendon from the same foot.
The doctor uses plates or screws to properly realign the bones.
We will fuse the three hindfoot joints through bone grafting
Do You Need Flatfoot Reconstruction in Palm Beach Gardens?
If you are feeling the symptoms of flatfeet, you should see the expert podiatrists at SOFLLEX. We can formulate a customized treatment plan to reconstruct your arch. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.