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Facing the Pain of Adult Acquired Flatfoot

Aching arches, swollen feet, pain when standing for extended periods of time—if this sounds familiar, you might have arch problems. You arch is in the middle of your foot. The tarsal and metatarsal bones that make it up fit tightly together between the balls of your feet and your heels. This mid-foot helps support and distribute your body weight to other foot structures. Sometimes, however, something happens and the arch falls inward and flattens out. This adult acquired flatfoot puts strain on your feet and causes you pain.

The Source

Adult acquired flatfoot can have many different causes, including trauma to the foot, arthritis, diabetic foot collapse, and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD), which is the most common cause. This tendon runs from the lower leg down behind the ankle bone and attaches to the inside of the foot. If it becomes inflamed or damaged, it isn’t able to hold the arch in its proper position and the whole foot rolls inward.

This puts strain on the different structures and can lead to arch and ankle pain, swelling along the inside of your feet, and discomfort that increases the longer you are active and standing. It is a progressive condition, so it does worsen the longer it goes untreated. As the problem gets worse, the arch collapses and you can experience pain on the outside of your foot as well. All of this extra strain can lead to additional uncomfortable conditions, like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and arthritis.

Dealing with the Problem

At Dallas Podiatry Works we excel in diagnosing and treating PTTD. The physicians perform a complete examination of your feet and ankles to determine if tendon dysfunction or another problem is the cause of your discomfort. Diagnostic images of your feet may be taken to confirm the condition and its severity. Once Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin have determined the specific cause, they are able to work with you to establish a treatment plan.

In the case of PTTD, you will need to rest your foot. Anti-inflammatory medications help reduce swelling and relieve pain. You may need prescription orthotics to support your arches. Physical therapy helps strengthen the weakened posterior tibial tendon so that it is able to do its job supporting your foot. For severe cases, you may need to have your foot immobilized while it recovers. Direct medication injections can also help extreme and stubborn pain. If conservative measures are ineffective, surgery may become necessary.

Discomfort from adult acquired flatfoot can interrupt your life and make daily activities more difficult. The more time you spend on your aching feet, the more they hurt. You don’t have to put up with the problem, however. Many easy, conservative remedies are available to get your feet healthy and pain-free again. Don’t wait and allow the problem progress to the point that it does become a serious issue. The physicians at Dallas Podiatry Works are experts dedicated to you and your family’s podiatric welfare. Contact us for an appointment or more information by visiting the online contact page or by calling one of our two convenient Texas locations: for the Dallas office, call 972.853.7100; for the Plano office, dial (972) 943-3323.

Your Top-Rated Podiatrist in Dallas & Beyond

The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.

Derrick W.

The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.

Joseph B.

I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.

Jeannette H.

Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.

Meryl E.

I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.

Google User

Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.

Elizabeth G.

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