Flat Foot

Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle

Raymon Hanna, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Palm Harbor, FL

Highly trained podiatrist Raymon Hanna, DPM, MD, AACFAS, offers a variety of conservative and surgical treatments for flat foot. He also fits you for custom orthotics available to pick up at his practice, Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle in Palm Harbor, Florida. If you have flat feet that cause pain or interfere with physical activities, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Flat Foot Q & A

What is flat foot?

Flat foot is a common and typically painless condition that happens when the arches on the inside of your feet fall flat. This allows the entire sole of your foot to touch the ground when you stand up.

Pain in the ball of your foot and a feeling like you’re standing on a pebble may be due to a neuroma. Expert podiatrist Raymon Hanna, DPM, MD, AACFAS, diagnoses and treats neuromas at Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle in Palm Harbor, Florida. If you think you have a neuroma, call or book an appointment online today.

There are many types of flat foot. The most common is flexible flat foot, which occurs when the arches of your feet don’t develop as they normally would during childhood. All children have flat feet when they’re born. Flexible flat foot persists throughout adolescence and adulthood and often worsens over time.

What causes flat foot?

Flat feet occur when the ligaments in your feet aren’t strong enough to support an arch. Flexible flat foot is a hereditary condition present at birth, but adults can also develop flat feet later in life. Injuries like a foot fracture and medical conditions like arthritis can cause adult-onset flat foot.

What are the symptoms of flat foot?

Flexible flat foot usually affects both feet. It’s called flexible because the arches only flatten when standing and reappear when not bearing weight. Most of the time, flexible flat foot doesn’t cause pain or symptoms.

When flat feet do cause symptoms, they may include:

  • Pain in the heel, arch, or ankle
  • Pain along the shin bone
  • Pain in the low back, hips, or knees
  • Fatigue in the feet or legs

Flat feet may also cause your ankles to roll inward, a condition called overpronation.

How is flat foot diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose flat feet, Dr. Hanna carefully evaluates your foot structure and function. He may also check the wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes for signs of overpronation and take imaging tests, like an X-ray or ultrasound.

Then, he recommends the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment for flat foot may include switching to more supportive shoes or wearing orthotic devices.

Dr. Hanna evaluates your feet for custom orthotics right in his office at Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle. Then, he sends your information out to have the orthotics made off-site, and you pick them up when they’re ready.

If your flat foot is due to an injury, like a tendon tear, Dr. Hanna may recommend surgery.

For expert treatment of flat foot, call Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.