Flat Foot

Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

While logic would dictate that having more of your foot on the ground is better, this isn’t necessarily the case. With flatfoot, your arches are flattened, causing your entire foot to lay flat on the ground, which can throw off the alignment in your lower body. If you’re experiencing pain due to flatfoot, Dr. Trevor Haynes at Elite Foot & Ankle Associates can help you find relief. Call one of the two offices in Portland or Sandy, Oregon, to schedule an appointment, or fill out the online form.

Flat Foot Q & A

What causes flatfoot?

When the arches on the inside of your feet are flat, it’s a condition known as flatfoot. The most common form of flatfoot is what’s called flexible flatfoot, where the arches are there but disappear when you stand. This form of flatfoot typically begins in childhood in both feet and gets progressively worse in adulthood. As the tendons and ligaments of your arches stretch, they can tear and become inflamed.

Flatfoot can also develop as you grow older and your arches begin to weaken and fall. This can happen because of:

  • Obesity
  • Injury
  • Arthritis, typically rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes

However you arrive at flatfoot, if they’re causing problems, Dr. Haynes offers a number of solutions.

What problems can flatfoot create?

Many people with flatfoot go through life without noticing the malformation. For the less fortunate, this condition can cause:

  • Pain in your arches, heels, ankles, or outsides of your feet
  • Over-pronation, which is characterized by ankles that roll inward
  • Shin splints
  • Pain in your legs
  • Pain in your knees, hips, or low back

While these complications from flatfoot can vary in degree of severity, if you’re limited by flatfoot, you can benefit from Dr. Haynes’s care.

How is flatfoot treated?

There’s no one solution for flatfoot since treatment largely depends upon the severity of your condition and what complications they’re causing. To start, Dr. Haynes reviews your symptoms, and between a visual exam and diagnostic imaging, he can determine the degree of the problem and which treatment might benefit you the most.

Dr. Haynes usually starts out conservatively with:

  • Orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Weight loss when necessary
  • Physical therapy

If you don’t see any improvements, or your flatfoot has created secondary problems, Dr. Haynes may need to perform surgical repairs in order to relieve your discomfort and restore full function.

Your foot (or feet) may need to be immobilized as part of this treatment to allow time for your soft tissue to heal and the inflammation to go down.

The bottom line is that Dr. Haynes works with you until an appropriate solution is found that allows you to move about again without pain.

If flatfoot is interfering with your life, call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool. Elite Foot & Ankle Associates offers same-day appointments for your convenience.