Flat Feet is a complex, yet common disorder that affects nearly 30% of the population. However, there are several different types of flat feet, all of which affect the arch of the foot.
Flexible flat foot is the most common form of the disorder and usually starts in early life. It’s not uncommon to see babies and toddlers with flexible flat feet. What is it? Flexible flat foot is when you can see the arch of the foot at rest or on the tippy toes, but not when the foot is placed flat on the floor. When standing or walking, the arch of the foot is undetectable and appears completely flat.
Flexible Flat Foot Symptoms
• Discomfort in the sides of the feet and arches
• Low back and knee pain
• Shin Splints
• Aching in the arch, ankle, and heel
• Overpronation of the foot and ankle
• Tight sensations in arch of the foot
• Shoes with an arch might hurt
Flexible Flat Foot Deformities worsen with age. The tendons and soft tissue may overstretch, become inflamed and tear. Surgery may be required in extreme cases, but for the most part, non-surgical treatment is the first step.
• Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFO) bracing.
• Corticosteroid injections
• Gentle Stretching
• Immobilization via a walking boot or cast.
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• Physical therapy
• Rest and take it easy
• Shoes with low arches.
• Weight loss
If you have any foot discomfort or disorders, it’s imperative to see a podiatrist to prevent further damage.
Dr. Gavin, Southwest Florida’s Prominent Podiatrist
Dr. Gavin earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. He is a graduate of Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine located in Independence, OH and completed his surgical residency at Humana Specialty Hospital in Memphis TN.
Dr. Gavin is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
He has a solo practice in Fort Myers, FL where he has practiced since 1986 including Shell Point Village retirement community for 21 years. Dr. Gavin has lectured at Niagara University, NY, Midwest Podiatry Conference and the APMA national podiatry meeting. Dr. Gavin specializes in diabetic foot management, trauma, and limb preservation surgery.
After returning from Knoxville, TN, where he worked closely with vascular surgeons
specializing in limb revascularization and reconstruction in foot surgery, Dr. Gavin
continues to perform advanced podiatric
care in Southwest Florida area.
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