What Is Flat Foot?

Flat foot is a common condition that affects millions of people. Flat feet are common in children and a problem that many outgrow. However, many children do not outgrow this problem and will suffer into adulthood. Flat feet are when your arch is flat, and the pad of your feet touches the ground.Flat foot vs. normal foot illustrated by our NYC podiatrist

There are three common types of flat feet:

  1. Flexible. The most common type of flat feet. Where you can see the arch when no pressure is being applied to the feet.
  2. Rigid. This type usually develops in the teen years and progressively worsens. It is when no arches are present, despite weight.
  3. Fallen Arches. Fallen arches are a problem that can develop suddenly due to problems in the leg. 

Flat feet can cause pain and problems in your feet, ankles, hips, and back. Your feet are your foundation; if faulty, they can affect your whole body. Many people suffering from flat feet are treated with orthotics or other types of shoe inserts. While this is an excellent treatment, there are many times you will be without shoes or sneakers. The pain can return in these instances if you are not wearing your orthotics.

Symptoms of Flat Feet

Every patient's case will be different. In some cases, the severity of the flat foot and, thus, the symptoms will not be as great. It's essential to seek the advice of a proven NYC podiatrist if you experience the common symptoms of flat feet listed below: 

  1. Pain and Discomfort
  2. Fatigue
  3. Misalignment of the foot
  4. Difficulty with basic tasks
  5. Swelling

Our doctors have treated flat feet in adults and children for many years. While conservative treatments are fine, many of our patients want to correct the problem.  Thankfully, at Central Park SOLE, our esteemed podiatrists offer innovative surgical solutions to restore the health and appearance of the feet, toes, and toenails.

What is HyProCure? 

Many patients are looking for a permanent solution to their flat feet. HyProCure is a permanent solution that requires a minimally invasive procedure. This treatment uses a tiny screw strategically placed to force the foot into an arch position. It creates an arch in your foot. This treatment is an excellent option for both children and adults. 

Flat feet can get worse over time or develop other pain and injuries throughout your body with time. While orthotics can greatly help while you’re wearing them, once you take off your shoes, the pain will come back. In addition, just like eyeglasses with children, they tend to lose them. Many of our pediatric patients will return multiple times due to losing their orthotics until their parents decide a permanent solution is needed.

When to See a Podiatrist in NYC for Treatment

The treatment is mostly painless. The recovery time is much shorter than a full arch surgery, and you can begin walking on it within a few days, which is why it’s such an excellent treatment option for flat feet in children.

If your child is sitting out of sports, asking to be carried, or complaining about foot, hip, or back pain, these can all be signs of flat foot pain. If you notice these signs in your child or you have been dealing with flat feet, call our New York, NY podiatry office.