Flat Foot Deformity

While it can be a painful condition, there are many non-surgical approaches we take to treat and sooth flat foot deformity.
Heather Kaufman


What is Flat Foot Deformity?

A flat foot is when the arch of the foot is lower than normal or, in severe cases, completely flattened.


Depending upon the severity of the deformity or the activities in which the patient wishes to participate, the flat foot deformity may cause little or no disability or pain. In more severe cases, some symptoms of flat feet can include:

  • Tired feet
  • Achy or painful arches
  • Swollen feet or inflammation
  • Leg pain

What are the causes of Flat Foot Deformity?

Flat foot deformity can be congenital (occurring at birth) or they can develop over time (acquired).

Acquired flat foot deformity develops when one or more tendons or other supporting structures start to weaken or dysfunction, allowing the arch to lower and even collapse completely. This can occur from injury, health-related conditions such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, or other causes or combination of causes.


Treatment Options

Often, conservative management such as custom orthotic insoles, supportive shoes, specialized braces, or physical therapy is all that is needed to manage the patient’s flat foot deformity effectively. In more severe cases where conservative care does not adequately manage the patient’s pain or function, surgical intervention, known as “flat foot reconstruction” may be necessary. This often involves a combination of both bone and soft tissue procedures. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaufman at Anchorage Foot & Ankle Clinic to determine if you do have a flatfoot and discuss the best treatment options to manage your specific flat foot deformity.

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