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Flat Feet Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

Having flat feet means that your arches are depressed, which makes the soles of your feet completely or almost completely stay in contact with the ground. Because flat feet can lead to pain and swelling, InStride Family Foot Care provides modern treatment solutions. Before your flat feet cause another day of discomfort, book an evaluation through the website or call one of the clinics in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Monroe, Gastonia, Wake Forest, or Charlotte, North Carolina.

Flat Feet Q&A

Are flat feet a concern?

Not always. Flat feet may be something you simply inherited that you’ve had your entire life, but you can also develop flat feet as an adult due to injury or obesity. In either case, if your flat feet aren’t bothering you, they’re likely not a concern. 

In many cases though, having flat feet can lead to chronic problems. For instance, flat feet can make it difficult for you to walk because of the added stress on your ankles. This throws off the general alignment of your legs, as your ankles move more inward. 

Additionally, flat feet are known for having a big effect on your knees. In fact, many people who have flat feet develop arthritis in their knees. In any case, if you have flat feet and are experiencing foot, ankle, or knee pain, as well as swelling around your heel or ankle, you should have an evaluation with a podiatrist. 

How does a podiatrist treat flat feet?

InStride Family Foot Care podiatrists understand all of the problems flat feet can cause. Your dedicated podiatrist examines you, gathers in-office imaging (if needed), and obtains information about your symptoms. To treat your flat feet-related symptoms, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Walking barefoot around your house to strengthen your arches
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Stretching and strengthening your Achilles tendon 
  • Getting fitted for custom orthotics

Your podiatrist may also recommend wearing more supportive shoes, especially while exercising. In most cases, these conservative treatments improve flat feet symptoms over time. 

Do I need surgery to correct flat feet?

Rarely. If conservative measures fail or if you have an underlying deformity that’s causing your flat feet, your podiatrist at InStride Family Foot Care could recommend surgery. Common surgeries to help with flat feet involve:

  • Lengthening your Achilles tendon
  • Repairing tendons or ligaments
  • Fusing bones together 
  • Removing bone spurs

Rest assured, if you do need surgery, you’re in capable hands at InStride Family Foot Care. The staff of foot and ankle surgeons specialize in advanced surgical procedures, so they can help restore your full function. 

If you have flat feet and are experiencing foot pain, contact InStride Family Foot Care for an evaluation. You can book an appointment through the website or over the phone with any office.