Flat Feet

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

If you suffer from flat feet, your arch either never developed or it started sinking. Flat feet can cause discomfort or even pain if untreated, but fortunately, there are a variety of effective treatments available today. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, a team of experienced podiatric medicine providers including Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, offer customized flat feet care to help you stand and walk without problems. Call the office located nearest you, or book your appointment online now.

Flat Feet Q & A

What is flat feet?

Flat feet is a condition in which your foot arch is either partly or completely dropped. In some cases of flatfoot, the arch never develops during childhood. Flatfoot is common among babies and toddlers, but kids usually develop arches by the age of two or three. 

In flexible flatfoot, you have an arch when you’re not standing up. But, when you stand the arch vanishes. In rigid flatfoot, you don’t have an arch at any time. 

What causes flatfoot?

Flatfoot can be caused by several circumstances, including:

Injury

Some men and women develop flatfoot after a traumatic foot injury. 

Pregnancy or obesity

Both pregnancy and obesity put extra stress on your feet and raise your chances of developing flatfoot.

Systemic disease

Systemic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can significantly increase your risk for flatfoot.

Other factors, such as genetics, can contribute to the development of flatfoot, as well. If you suspect you might have flatfoot, a foot exam at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists is the next step.

How does your doctor diagnose flat feet?

Your Family Foot & Ankle Specialists provider can diagnose flat feet after considering your full medical history and performing a comprehensive foot exam. 


Often, X-ray imaging confirms your podiatrist's flatfoot diagnosis because it shows underlying foot damage that's not visible with the naked eye. 

What are the signs of flat feet?

Some of the telltale signs of flat feet can include:

  • Toe drift, when your toes point outward
  • A short Achilles' tendon
  • Outward-tilting heel with inward-tilting ankle

Of course, the most obvious sign of flatfoot is the lack of a foot arch. Many flatfoot sufferers have their entire foot touch the floor when they're standing. 

How is flatfoot treated?

Flatfoot treatment is unique to the situation. Your provider at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists may suggest both lifestyle changes and medical treatments to minimize flatfoot damage. 

If you're overweight or obese, losing weight may alleviate flatfoot symptoms and help you reestablish foot arches. Minimizing long periods of standing and walking may also help with flat feet. 

Your podiatrist may also prescribe one or more of the following:

  • Custom orthotics 
  • Taping or bracing
  • More supportive shoes
  • Foot exercises

Your podiatry care team makes every effort to avoid surgery. In most cases, non-surgical treatments for flat feet are highly effective.

For flatfoot care and treatment, click the online scheduler or call the office nearest you for help now.