Flat Feet, Fallen Arches
Flat feet and fallen arches are the product of multiple possible factors: heredity, age, weak arches, tendon injury, arthritis, pregnancy and diseases like diabetes. Flat feet is sometimes known to be a result of pronation (where ankle bones lean inward). When shoes of a person who pronates are placed side-to-side, they will lean in towards each other.
Progressive fallen arches or flat feet can become painful because of inflammation of a tendon that is inside of a foot. This disorder happens when that tendon becomes stretched, torn or inflamed. If this condition is left untreated, it can cause chronic pain and eventually severe disability.
Flat Feet Treatment: Do I Have to Have Surgery?
Many people with flat feet do not experience any problems or pain. However, when there is pain in an individual's ankle, foot, or lower leg (especially in children) their feet should be evaluated. There are many reasons a patient may have flat feet and there are many non-surgical options available to correct the issue. Is there a doctor suggesting that you or your child need flat feet surgery, and there are no other options? Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine Fort Collins is available for a second opinion.
Flat feet are a common situation in a foot’s complex structure, even in children, especially before they start walking and before their arch is developed. Feet tend to be flexible, and an arch will appear when a child begins standing on their toes. An arch will continue to progress throughout childhood. By adulthood, most people have developed normal arches.
Non-Surgical Flat Feet Treatment
An examination at Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine can determine the best course of treatment for you. We partner with you, educate you, helping you understand the problem – and what can be done to fix the problem non-surgically.
Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine is where patients are involved in the healing process and their treatment planning. We explain what the issues are and what the treatment options are. Beyond being a skilled surgeon, Dr. Hecker is passionate about helping patients non-surgically, even when other doctors say they cannot help.