Flat Feet Specialist

Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center -  - Podiatry

Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Prescott, AZ

About 18 million Americans have flat feet today. If you have low foot arches or no arches at all, you’re vulnerable to conditions like plantar fasciitis and overpronation when you walk. The good news is that Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists Todd Cox, DPM, and Blake Peterson, DPM, can treat flat feet using customized solutions like foot orthotics at their Prescott, Arizona office. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or schedule your appointment online.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

Flat feet means little-to-no natural foot arch. If you have flat feet, every part of your foot meets the floor when you stand up. Flat feet happen in all age groups. Forms of flat feet include:

Pediatric flat feet

Children have flat feet naturally as toddlers, but most develop arches by the age of six. Pediatric flatfoot doesn’t necessarily cause symptoms, but in some kids, it can lead to pain and other issues. It usually affects both feet. 

Flexible flat feet 

Flexible flat feet is a common form of flatfoot in which your foot has no arch when you stand, but you can see an arch when you’re off your feet. This kind of flatfoot commonly starts in childhood or as a teenager. It usually affects both feet.

Adult-acquired flat feet

Adult-acquired flatfoot starts in adulthood and typically occurs in just one foot. It happens because of changes within the posterior tibial tendon that supports your foot arch. In most cases, adult-acquired flatfoot happens with overuse like distance running.

Flat feet are different for every child or adult. Whether your flat feet cause symptoms or not, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center. 

The experienced podiatry specialists can identify changes or potential issues in your feet and prevent flatfoot progression.

What are the symptoms of flat feet?

Flat feet don’t always cause symptoms, especially in young children who haven’t developed their arches yet. But, unfortunately, flat feet can trigger many uncomfortable issues including:

  • Heel, arch, or ankle pain
  • Awkward gait or frequent stumbling
  • New bunions
  • Low back, leg, or hip area pain
  • Leg fatigue
  • Overpronation (inward rolling ankles)
  • Plantar fasciitis

Your foot arch won’t typically return without treatment, which is why symptoms usually increase over time.

How does flat feet treatment work?

Flat feet treatment usually starts with noninvasive protocols like orthotic inserts, which Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center offers in the office. Physical therapy, activity modification, and other changes like losing extra weight may help with flat feet symptoms as well.

If you have severe flatfoot symptoms that don’t improve after noninvasive treatment, you might need surgery. Flatfoot surgery can repair a damaged posterior tibial tendon and restore other tissues to improve proper alignment and ease your symptoms.

Flat feet can hurt at any age, so don’t prolong the pain. Call Yavapai Foot and Ankle Center or click the online scheduler for help.