Linh Nguyen, DPM
3334 Paper Mill Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131
(410) 666-FOOT (3668)
F: (410) 666-3669

Flatfeet Treatment in Phoenix, MD

Individuals with normally developed foot arches exhibit a distinct upward curve in the middle of the foot. Once arches reach full development, the tendons and ligaments within the foot and lower leg provide essential support, ensuring stability. Conversely, flatfeet, also known as fallen arches, occur when the arch fails to fully develop or collapses. While most instances of flatfeet are hereditary and evident from birth, others may arise following injury or overuse.

Flatfeet commonly manifest as a painless condition in children but may cause discomfort and arch pain in adolescents and adults. Adults with flatfeet might experience pain during or after physical activity and dull discomfort following extended periods of rest. The underlying cause of fallen arches typically stems from weakened tendons and ligaments due to excessive stress or overuse.

Symptoms of Flatfeet

While some individuals with underdeveloped arches may not exhibit outward signs of flatfeet, others may experience arch pain or noticeable fatigue in the arches, heels, knees, or lower back. Additional symptoms may include:

  • Aching feet
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty in foot movement
  • Back or leg pain

Testing for Flatfeet

A simple test can be conducted to assess the presence of flatfeet. Wet your feet and stand on a flat surface. Examine the footprints left behind. Individuals with normal arches will notice an imprint with the inside curve of the foot missing, while those with flatfeet will observe the entire bottom of the foot imprinted.

Treatment for Flatfeet

The management of flatfeet hinges on its severity and underlying cause. It’s imperative to consult a podiatrist for an evaluation, as untreated flatfeet can lead to complications such as heel spurs, ankle or knee pain, and arthritis. Depending on the situation, treatment options may include:

  • Orthotic devices
  • Stretching exercises
  • Supportive footwear
  • Physical therapy

In severe cases where pain persists or complications arise, surgical intervention may be recommended. For more information or to schedule a consultation, reach out to your podiatrist without delay.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm 7:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am 5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Office Location

Family Foot and Ankle Care

3334 Paper Mill Road
Phoenix, MD 21131-1419
O: 410-666- FOOT (3668)
F: 410-666-3669