Adult Onset Flat Foot: White Plains Foot Specialists Discuss Five Key Facts

Posted by on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

An estimated 1 in 20 American adults has some form of flat feet. For people with mild arch collapse, it may never be a serious problem. For others, adult onset flat foot can be a progressive and debilitating deformity. One easy way to tell if you may have flat foot is to step in a bucket of water and then step onto a piece of construction paper. Take a look at the resulting footprint. If you have normal arches, only about half of the arch region will be filled in, meaning part of the paper will be dry. However, if the entire arched is filled in, then you likely have flat feet.

White Plains foot specialists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine are available to treat your adult onset flat foot without scheduling delays or long office wait times. In the meantime, here are five facts you may not know about this condition.

If you have flat feet, it's important to understand how this condition may affect you.
If you have flat feet, it’s important to understand how this condition may affect you. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

Ten Best Shoes for Flat Feet and Tips for Reducing Pain

Posted by on Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Flat feet can be a real bummer. This common condition predisposes people to ankle, knee, hip, lower back, and tendon pain. The Framingham Foot Study of more than 3,000 adults found that people with flat feet tended to get more arthritis, bunions, and hammer toes than people with high arches. In our practice, we see a greater propensity for shin splints, front foot pain, calluses, and posterior tibial tendinitis among flat-footed patients. We feel your pain—some of our doctors have lived with flat feet their whole lives. However, simply wearing the right supportive footwear can prevent the everyday aches and pains and also reduce your risk of developing more serious conditions, so today we give you a run down of the best shoes for individuals with flat feet.

Some shoes are better for individuals with flat feet.
Some shoes are better for individuals with flat feet. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

Don’t Get Caught Flat-Footed!

Posted by on Monday, January 9th, 2017

Most people have a small gap under the arch when they stand. Babies and some adults have completely flat feet, which may or may not cause symptoms of pain. When the connecting ligaments and muscles are strained, patients may suffer pain beyond the immediate foot arches and inner ankle — and up through the calves, hips, knees, and back, as well. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in Manhattan and White Plains, NY, offer a number of non-invasive therapies to help people suffering from this type of pain. The worst cases can also be treated with Subtalar Joint Arthroereisis by one of our experienced board-certified podiatric surgeons.

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Surgical implants can keep the sinus tarsi in a fixed open position, creating a natural arch in the foot to relieve excess pressure. (Image Source: Hyprocure.com)

Flat Footed? How Do You Know When to Seek Flat Foot Treatment or Surgery?

Posted by on Friday, May 27th, 2016

Some of you have flat feet – some of us at The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine do, too. You may have been born with them or experienced flattening over time due to age, activity, hormones, disease, or other factors. For most flat-footed people, this is just life: our feet will cause us no trouble whatsoever. But for another group of people, flat feet cause serious aches and pains that persist or worsen if not addressed. Popping over-the-counter pills like ibuprofen or acetaminophen may take the edge off, but a specialist can help you get to the root cause of your trouble.

flat foot treatment surgery
There are many treatment options to help you cope with the pain of having totally flat feet, say NY podiatrists. (Image Source: Pexels CC user Josh Willink)

There’s Hope: Fashionable Shoes For Women With Big Feet

Posted by on Monday, May 16th, 2016

Caroline Stillman could never find the right shoes. If you have a common foot size, you might occasionally experience this problem when you go shopping and your size is sold out. But Stillman’s problem was that she couldn’t find shoes in size 11. We’ve heard the same frustrations from many women with large feet. She’s not alone. It’s hard to watch from the sidelines as your friends slip into dainty heels that are dwarfed by your big toe. But Stillman has hatched a plan to help women who share her problem.

shoes for women with big feet
Want high fashion in large sizes? A UK woman might have the answer. (Image Credit: Flickr CC User DenisDenis)

Do You Need Flat Foot Implants? 3 Success Stories of Flat Foot Surgery

Posted by on Friday, September 25th, 2015

Flexible flatfoot is a common deformity in kids, believed to affect over a third of children by age six. One study published in the journal of Pediatrics found that most interventions were unnecessary, as the deformity naturally corrected itself in about half of all patients by age 11.1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817 Arch formation often does not truly begin until age five, so it makes sense that it takes a while for foot structure to fully develop. Whether due to obesity, rigorous sports activity, choice of footwear, or genetics, some children develop unusually severe foot pain or walking abnormalities affecting other parts of the skeletal system. For these patients, flat foot implants may be necessary. Thankfully, revolutions in medical devices and implant procedures have made this a relatively quick and easy surgery.2http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html

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1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16882817
2. http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-medical-company-flat-feet-fix-20150824-story.html

Study: Judo Helps Kids with Flat Feet Develop Arches

Posted by on Friday, September 11th, 2015

Flat feet are a common phenonenon in children, particularly in boys who are overweight and do not exercise much. All babies are born with flat feet, but most develop arch structure by age six. It is estimated that a third of individuals do not develop an arch at all, however.

Sometimes lacking a foot arch doesn’t cause any trouble and those with this problem will go on to lead perfectly comfortable, healthy lives. However, more often than not, foot pain becomes problematic later in life after years of wearing shoes not designed for perfectly flat feet. Having flat feet can alter foot position, gait, and balance as well.

The good news is that recent research suggests the answer for preventing flat foot development may be as simple as enrolling your child in Judo lessons!

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Judo is a great exercise for young children, especially for the prevention of flat foot. Image source: Flickr CC  user cookylida