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By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 24, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Flat Feet  

Flat feet can cause pain, limited mobility and more. At Ankle and Foot Institute serving the St. Louis and Fenton, MO, areas, Dr. Richard Wittock helps many people overcome this hereditary problem.

What makes flat feet flat?

You have bones and muscles in your feet and ankles. Connective tissue called ligaments and tendons helps them operate with every step you take.

Typically, when these connective tissues do not tighten sufficiently to form distinct arches on the bottom of your feet, you have pes planus, or flat feet. Also called fallen arches, this common podiatric condition results from developmental immaturity (babies and toddlers have flat feet until they reach the age of three or four), tight Achilles tendons and posterior tendon dysfunction. This acquired deformity happens when the tendon between the calf and the inside of your ankle becomes overstretched (even to the point of tearing).

What's so bad about flat feet?

The Institute for Preventive Foot Health has found that a full eight percent of American adults have flat feet. Diabetics, people with body weight issues and those with hypertension may suffer from pes planus. Sprains and fractures in the lower extremities may lead to flat feet as well.

Sadly, flat feet impact mobility and quality of life with:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Calluses
  • Numbness

Plus, symptoms can be progressive. That's why an exam and symptom management with your Fenton and St. Louis, MO podiatrist are so significant.

What your foot doctor can do

Dr. Wittock is a published podiatric expert on flat feet. When you come to Ankle and Foot Institute, he'll ask you about your symptoms and what may worsen or alleviate them. He'll do a complete podiatric exam and X-rays as needed. He may ask you to walk and to stand on your toes.

With a confirmed diagnosis, Dr. Wittock may advise:

  • Good quality footwear with adequate support in the arches
  • Custom-crafted shoe orthotics, or inserts, to lift the arches
  • Stretching and light exercise

Some people require foot surgery on the arches, or occasionally, a procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendon.

Get the relief you need

Flat feet can be managed with help from your podiatrist serving Fenton and St. Louis, MO, Dr. Richard Wittock. For an in-office consultation, please call Foot and Ankle Institute at (636) 717-1100.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
December 19, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

Dr. Richard F. Wittock, a trusted St. Louis, MO podiatrist, sees all kinds of feet on a regular basis. One type of feet Dr. Wittock sees regularly is flat feet. This condition is also referred to as fallen arches.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet, also referred to as fallen arches, is a medical condition in which the arch on the bottom of a person's foot is not present. The Flat Feetfeet are flat. Flat foot is a very common foot disorder, and according to 1foot2foot.com, it is present in as many as 25 percent of the U.S. population. Flat feet are most common in children, who sometimes grow out of the condition over time, but it can be seen in peoples of all ages.

What Causes Flat Feet?

Flat feet have several causes, almost all of which fall into two main categories: either people were born with a genetic abnormality or they developed flat feet over time due to an illness or injury. Common causes of flat feet include stretched, inflamed or torn tendons, broken or dislocated bones, nerve problems and rheumatoid arthritis. Factors such as pregnancy, diabetes and obesity can increase a person's risk of developing flat feet as well.

What are the Symptoms of Flat Feet?

People with flat feet often experience foot, leg and back pain. They may tire easily, and they may have difficulty standing for long amounts of time. Certain foot movements, such as standing on the toes, may also be difficult. However, some people with flat feet experience no symptoms at all.

What Flat Feet Treatments Do St. Louis, MO Podiatrists Recommend?

For people who experience pain and limited movement as the result of their flat feet, St. Louis, MO podiatrists such as Dr. Wittock usually recommend treatments such as stretching, medications, orthotic devices, physical therapy and rest. If the flat foot is severe and painful, the podiatrist may even recommend surgery. For many people, however, simple at-home treatments such as resting, stretching, wearing inserts and avoiding problematic activities is enough.

If your flat feet are causing you pain and limited mobility, you can have relief. See St. Louis, MO podiatrist Dr. Wittock to discuss your symptoms and treatment options today!