If you’ve noticed some discomfort or pain in your feet lately, you may think that a new pair of shoes or staying off your feet might solve the problem. Sometimes, however, pain can indicate a much bigger issue such as flat feet.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois, our podiatrists offer effective solutions to flat feet. We’ve served Chicago, IL and all the surrounding areas since 2001, so you can trust our expertise as we treat your condition and provide you with relief.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition common in babies and toddlers. But once they start to stand on their toes and walk around, children develop arches in their feet. Sometimes, however, arches don’t develop properly—or at all. As a result, that person can still have flat feet well into adulthood. Additionally, an individual can develop flat feet from an injury or the normal wear and tear associated with aging.
The condition is typically painless. But individuals with flatter arches can experience pain in the arch area (inside of the foot) and the heel of the foot. Additionally, the ankles can swell, typically along the inside.
How Can Advanced Foot and Ankle Centers of Illinois Help?
If you experience severe pain or discomfort in the arch of your foot, your heel, or your ankle, you may want to visit a podiatrist. He or she will inspect the arch and perform tests to see what has caused the pain.
For example, a torn tendon could be the source of your pain. In this situation, your doctor will likely recommend surgery to repair the tendon and reduce the pain.
In most cases, podiatrists prescribe a number of treatments such as:
- Physical therapy
- Supportive taping
If you have pain along the inside of your foot or have any other concerns about your feet, consult with our health professionals immediately.
Contact Us Today
Ready to feel relief from your foot pain? Get in touch with our office nearest you. Once you meet with one of our friendly staff members, we’ll evaluate how severe your flat foot is and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.