Flat Feet

Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center

Hermoz B. Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME

Podiatry located in Glendale, CA & Burbank, CA

Having flat feet doesn’t always cause problems, but for many people, it can lead to painful musculoskeletal issues as high up as the spine. Hermoz Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME, and his team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center provide expert treatment options for flat feet at their branches in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles. To receive the best possible care for your flat feet, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

If you have flat feet, it means you have fallen arches. The arch of your foot is like a bridge that supports the center of your foot, but in some people, this part of the foot doesn’t arch sufficiently to make a supportive bridge.

Flat feet may be flexible, which is where the arch appears normal until you put weight on the foot, or rigid, where there’s no arch even when you aren’t bearing weight on the foot.

Not having the arch in your foot affects the mechanics of your feet and lower legs, creating strain not just on the foot but on the other joints, from your ankles up through the knees and hips to the spine. Strain from flat feet can cause pain and problems with mobility.

What causes flat feet?

Flat feet can be something you’re born with, or may develop over time due to causes that include:

  • Overuse
  • Regularly running on hard surfaces
  • Not wearing sufficiently supportive shoes
  • Overstressing the foot
  • Arthritis
  • Acute trauma
  • Pronation (excessive inward rolling of the feet)
  • Obesity
  • Musculoskeletal disorders

Children don’t have a proper arch to their feet when they’re born, but it should develop as they grow. If you notice that your child isn’t developing an arch in their feet, get them checked by the team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center to make sure there’s nothing wrong.

How are flat feet treated?

If you aren’t experiencing any problems because of your flat feet, then treatment isn’t necessary. However, if you have pain, aching, or reduced mobility in the lower half of your body and you have flat feet, the team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center can assess your condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment.

They start with conservative treatment approaches initially, which may include:

  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding activities that cause symptoms
  • Applying ice packs or cooling gel
  • Using anti-inflammatory medication
  • Exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon

Your provider at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center can also create custom orthotics for your feet, which are supports you wear inside your shoes that are designed specifically for your feet to provide support where you need it and reduce the effect of having flat feet.

If conservative approaches aren’t providing sufficient relief of your symptoms, there are surgical procedures you can undergo at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center that can help, such as fusing the joints, tendon transfers, and osteotomies, where your podiatrist cuts the bones in your foot to reshape the arch.

If your flat feet are causing you any problems, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today to schedule an appointment, or book online.