Flat feet is a condition that can be difficult to endure for both adults and children alike. Often, flat feet can cause pain, however many sufferers will choose to ignore the pain and just continue on with their daily activities. It is important to know that flat feet can lead to other conditions that can be painful and debilitating. By the time this happens, the underlying damage may have become extensive and irreversible.
Flat feet may not be a problem now, but it may have permanent consequences in the future. There is an immense debate regarding some literature discussing the normalcy of flat feet. So, at Hunter Podiatry Services, we perform a variety of tests such as biomechanical assessment to ascertain whether the foot posture (of a child or adult) may lead to debilitating problems in the future.
The conditions that commonly result from flat feet include the following:
- Growth plate injuries
- Stress fractures
- Arch pain
- Heel pain
- Knee, hip and back problems
At Hunter Podiatry Services, our podiatrists will perform a thorough foot posture and walking assessment. Our podiatrists will observe muscle lengths, the range of motion of the joints, the footwear the patient uses, as well as the activities and sports of the patient. If we believe that an intervention is necessary, we will develop a management plan to correct your flat feet.