Flat Feet Specialist

Ankle & Foot Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Norwood Park, Chicago, IL

Flat feet, also called overpronation, is common in both kids and adults. It’s not always a problem, but if you have flat feet along with arch, heel, ankle, or lower leg pain, Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois, can determine whether it’s connected. Experienced podiatrists James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, offer both conservative and surgical solutions to help you walk without hurting. Call the Norwood Park office or book an appointment online today.

Flat Feet

What are flat feet?

Flat feet, or flatfoot, is a condition that occurs when you don't have a natural foot arch. Children have flat feet at birth and usually start developing an arch as they begin standing on their toes. 

In most cases, arches form by the time a child is 2-3 years old. The arch may continue further development over the next several years. In rare cases, arches never develop and a child ends up going into adulthood with flat feet.

Flat feet can happen later in life, especially after years of wear-and-tear to the arches. Contributing factors to flat feet in adults include arthritis, diabetes, and obesity. Regular participation in high-impact sports can also play a role in damaging your arches. 

Do I need treatment for flat feet?

It depends on your particular situation. If you don't have any foot, ankle, or lower leg pain, you may not need treatment for flat feet. But if you experience pain in those areas regularly, you may have painful progressive flatfoot, also known as adult-acquired flatfoot. 

This condition develops when the tibialis posterior tendon that goes from your leg to the arch of your foot is damaged through inflammation, overstretching, or a tear. If adult-acquired flatfoot isn't treated, you could end up with chronic pain or even immobility. 

If you have flat feet and are experiencing foot, leg, or ankle pain, visit Ankle & Foot Specialists to diagnose and resolve your pain. 

How does the treatment for flat feet work?

Flat feet treatment varies depending on your needs, but common conservative approaches include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ice application
  • Physical therapy
  • Taping
  • Bracing
  • Custom orthotics

If you have severe tibialis posterior tendon damage, regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy may help. Stem cells can replace your damaged tendon with brand new tissue.

Usually, you don’t need surgery for flat feet. But if a bone deformity or severe tendon damage caused your flat feet, surgical repair of the tissue and bones in your midfoot can restore alignment, create an arch, and end your pain.

Ankle & Foot Specialists can help you resolve any flat feet issues, so reach out by phone or through the online booking tool to get started today.