Christie Foot & Ankle
Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Greenwood, IN
If you regularly experience leg cramps or pain in your arches, ankles, or heels, it may be the result of flat feet. At Christie Foot & Ankle, experienced podiatrist Drew Christie, DPM, and the team use advanced and minimally invasive treatments to relieve the symptoms of flat feet and improve mobility. To make an appointment, call the office in Greenwood, Indiana, or book online today.
Flat Feet Q&A
What are flat feet?
If you have flat feet, your soles make direct contact with the ground whenever you stand up or take a step. All babies have flat feet, but arches usually form by age six.
About two of every 10 people have flat feet as adults. In most cases, the condition doesn’t cause problems. Even so, for some people, flat feet trigger various symptoms, like foot pain, leg pain, and mobility issues.
What causes flat feet?
Most people with flat feet inherit them because of genetics. You might also experience flat feet due to an underlying medical condition, like:
- An Achilles tendon injury
- Weight issues
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Pregnancy may also increase your risk of flat feet.
What are the symptoms of flat feet?
Symptoms of flat feet include:
- Leg cramps
- Muscle pain
- Pain in your ankles, heels, or arches
- Pain while walking
Over time, you might also experience toe drift, a condition that causes your toes to point outward.
Should I see a podiatrist about flat feet?
Make an appointment with Dr. Christie and the team if you regularly experience foot pain. That’s especially true if the pain occurs alongside balance issues, foot stiffness, or difficulty walking. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of potential complications.
How are flat feet diagnosed?
To diagnose flat feet, Dr. Christie reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if it extends into other parts of your body.
Next, he has you remove your shoes and socks. Then, Dr. Christie asks you to stand up and walk around the exam room. He watches your feet to see if you have visible arches. Dr. Christie will also take a series of X-rays so he can get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet.
How are flat feet treated?
Flat feet treatment depends on various factors, including the severity of your symptoms and if they interfere with your ability to work or exercise. Usually, Dr. Christie and the team recommend conservative and noninvasive treatments like:
- Ice and rest
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Stretches and strengthening exercises
Dr. Christie might also recommend surgery to correct your flat feet. Not all patients are surgical candidates, as the recovery from flat foot reconstructive surgery can be cumbersome.
To learn more about the treatment options for flat feet, make an appointment at Christie Foot & Ankle by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.