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The Condition

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches or pes planus, is a condition where the arches of the feet are lower than normal or completely collapsed. Normally, the arches help distribute body weight evenly, provide shock absorption, and facilitate proper foot and leg alignment. However, with flat feet, the entire sole of the foot makes contact with the ground. This can lead to foot pain, discomfort, instability, and difficulty participating in certain physical activities. At Illinois Podiatry Specialists, we offer comprehensive care to address flat feet and improve foot function.

patient during exam for Flat Feet Treatment in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights

The Symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort in the arches or heels
  • Fatigue or aching in the feet, especially after prolonged standing or physical activity
  • Swelling on the inside of the ankles
  • Foot and leg fatigue
  • Difficulty finding shoes that fit properly
  • Overpronation (foot rolls inward excessively when walking)
  • Knee, hip, or lower back pain that may be related to altered foot mechanics

To learn more about the symptoms of flat feet and our options for flat feet treatment in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights, contact us today for an appointment.

Possible Causes:

  • Genetics: Flat feet can be inherited from parents, as certain foot structures or biomechanics increase the likelihood of developing the condition.
  • Injuries: Trauma or foot injuries, such as fractures or tendon damage, can cause flat feet.
  • Muscle or Ligament Weakness: Weakness or laxity in the muscles and ligaments that support the arches can contribute to the development of flat feet.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions like arthritis, nerve disorders, or conditions affecting muscle tone can cause flat feet.
    Obesity: Excess weight can strain the arches, leading to the development of flat feet.

Prevention Strategies:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wear supportive shoes with good arch support
  • Avoid wearing high heels or shoes with narrow toe boxes for extended periods
  • Engage in regular foot and leg exercises to strengthen muscles
  • Be mindful of your foot posture and mechanics during physical activities
  • Seek early treatment for foot injuries or conditions that may contribute to flat feet

To learn more about how to prevent flat feet and our options for flat feet treatment in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Treatment Options:

  • Orthotic Devices: Custom-made arch supports, or shoe inserts can provide stability, support the arches, and alleviate symptoms associated with flat feet.
  • Footwear Modifications: Choosing supportive, well-fitting shoes with arch support and cushioning can help improve foot function and reduce discomfort.
  • Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises can strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility, promoting better foot alignment and reducing pain.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help manage pain and inflammation associated with flat feet.
  • Surgery: In severe cases where conservative treatments fail, surgical intervention may be considered to correct the alignment and structure of the foot.

At Illinois Podiatry Specialists, we understand that each patient’s needs are unique. That’s why we conduct thorough evaluations to identify the underlying causes of flat feet and design personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific situation. Schedule a consultation with our expert team to discuss your options and find the most effective treatment for your flat feet.

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Illinois Podiatry Specialists is home to board-certified foot and ankle specialists committed to providing tailored treatment options for flat feet. Whether you require conservative or surgical interventions, our experts are equipped to address your unique needs. Schedule a consultation today to receive a personalized flat feet treatment in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights aimed at improving your foot function and enhancing your overall well-being.

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Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale
950 N York Rd, Suite 105
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights
701 Winthrop Ave Floor, Ste. 101
Glendale Heights, IL 60139


Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights

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