Flat Feet Specialist

Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC

Podiatrists located in Augusta, GA

Having flat feet not only causes physical pain but can also cause other foot problems and throw off the alignment in your legs. Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC in Evans, Georgia provides expert podiatry care for children and adults. If you or your child have flat feet, call Augusta Foot & Ankle or schedule an appointment online to learn how orthotics and other innovative treatments can give you comfort.

Flat Feet

What are flat feet?

If the entire sole of your foot can touch the floor while you’re standing, you have flat feet, also known as flatfoot. Often, flat feet are inherited. Other factors that can cause flat feet include:

  • Arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Injuries to the ankle or foot
  • Problems with the posterior tibial tendon
  • Weak arches
  • Structural changes due to aging
  • Health conditions like diabetes

Pregnancy and obesity can also lead to flat feet, as well as some diseases of the muscles or nervous system.

Can flat feet lead to other health problems?

Your arch helps distribute your body weight across your legs and feet. When your feet are flat, they can strain your ligaments and muscles that leads to pain. It can also lead to:

  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pain in the ball of your foot
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Bunions

Since your feet support your entire body, flat feet can also cause pain and discomfort in other areas of your body (especially your ankles, calves, lower legs, knees, hips, and back).

Pain and discomfort related to flat feet may reduce your activity level, which can lead to other common health issues like high blood pressure and obesity.

How are flat feet diagnosed and treated?

Your doctor at Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC can usually diagnose your flat feet through a visual examination.

During your exam, your doctor observes the mechanics of your feet while you walk and stand, and they examine your feet from the front and back. If additional testing is needed, your doctor might request digital imaging tools, including:

  • X-rays or CT scans to examine the joints and bones of your feet
  • MRIs to evaluate hard and soft tissue
  • Ultrasounds to look for tendon or soft tissue damage

Flat feet are often treated with custom-designed orthotics. These fitted insoles are designed to relieve pressure and reduce your foot pain.

The doctors at Augusta Foot & Ankle use state-of-the-art 3D optical scanning to produce custom Forward Motion® orthotics for both adults and children. A lifetime warranty backs these high-quality orthotics.

In addition to custom orthotics, your doctor might recommend physical therapy or exercises like heel cord stretching and golf ball rolls to relieve your symptoms.

Call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information, or schedule an appointment online today to learn how custom orthotics and other solutions can alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with your flat feet.