Are Flat Feet Genetic and How Can I Relieve the Pain They Cause?

Nearly 50% of Americans have misaligned feet. When your feet are misaligned, a domino effect occurs that can throw your knees, hips, and back out of whack. Foot pain, bunions, and hammertoe are also common consequences of flat feet. If you’re tired of how flat feet interfere with your day-to-day life, find out how you can take action to finally get some relief.

Flat feet 101

Known medically as pes planus, you have flat feet when you don’t have a proper arch when you stand, allowing the soles of your feet to touch the ground. Although the condition is quite common, affecting around 25% of Americans, it can cause pain and other problems that interfere with your daily life and make physical activity unbearable.

Importance of proper arch support

The arches of your foot are formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones. Your foot actually has three distinct arches. One arch on each side of the foot runs from front to back, and one runs across the middle of the foot from the inside to the outside.

The surrounding tendons and ligaments strengthen your arch and together support the weight of your body when you stand. Your arches take weight off your joints so that your body is supported, making it one of the most important structures of your feet.

Causes of flat feet

Some people develop flat feet during childhood. In other cases, it can occur following an injury, or due to wear and tear. When you’re born, you don’t have aches. Most children develop arches by the age of 2 or 3 years old. Many adults with flat feet failed to develop proper arches during childhood. It isn’t known why this happens. However, because flat feet tend to run in families, a genetic component is believed to contribute.

Problems caused by flat feet

Many adults with flat feet have no symptoms. If you aren’t so lucky, you can experience a multitude of problems like pain in your feet, ankles, hips, and even back. The inner side of your ankle may swell because of the additional pressure. People who do experience pain from flat feet often find that their pain is triggered or worsens after engaging in physical activity. Because you don’t have the proper support when you stand, run, and walk, exercising can place stress on your feet.

Managing pain with flat feet

Pain is the most common complication of having flat feet. Whether you’re having pain, swelling, or other problems, if your flat feet are affecting you, consider treatment. Dr. Patrick D. Roberto offers patients with flat feet surgical treatment. HypoCure is a minimally invasive surgery typically completed in just 20 minutes. It involves placing a small stent in the small space that naturally occurs between your bones.

This stabilizes your foot and allows the normal range of motion and helps distribute your weight evenly. Most patients are back to normal within a few weeks of surgery. Over the course of a few months, your tendons and ligaments will adapt to the proper position. HypoCure brings patients with flat feet relief from the pain and problems that come with not having the proper arch support.

Dr. Roberto helps patients enjoy being on their feet again. For relief from pain related to flat feet, call our Delmont or Monroeville office, or book online to schedule an appointment.

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