When it comes to such a feat as healthy feet, many Americans have structural variations that make foot health difficult to maintain. But at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Gary Rogers brings your feet to their full potential. One of the most common problems he sees in his patients is flat feet, a common condition.
Flat feet are typically associated with pronation, characterized by an inward lean of the ankle bones toward the foot's mid-line. Flat feet are often also painless. However, if your flat feet do become painful, it's especially pertinent to come see Dr. Rogers as soon as you can.
Flat feet are frequently seen in:
- infants and toddlers, particularly those who haven't started walking. Children in this age group with flat feet rarely have a serious issue, as it is usually due to the fact that their longitudinal arch hasn't developed yet (but will as they learn to walk).
- people with tibialis posterior tendonitis, or adult-acquired flatfoot. This is caused by inflammation in the tibialis posterior tendon beneath the foot, and it occurs when the tendon has been placed under excess stress.
Treating Flat Feet
Typically, patients with flat feet can use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for lasting relief. Other effective at-home treatments include:
- ice application on the soles of affected feet
- physical therapy
- supportive taping
- foot braces
In more serious cases of flat feet, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged tendons or bones. Whatever the solution, however, only your trusted podiatrist can assess how severe the problem has become, and prescribe a solution.
For more information on flat feet and why they don't have to walk all over your foot health any longer, give the office of Dr. Rogers a call today at (847) 256-4434 for podiatrist perfection achieved right here in North Shore, IL!