Flat feet or heel deformities can complicate everyday movements like walking or standing, simply due to an uneven distribution of body weight. Although these conditions are rarely serious, some people may experience pain, swelling, and tenderness in the arch area of the foot and near the heel. If you have painful flat feet or a heel deformity, visit a foot and ankle orthopedist at Ogden Clinic. Our orthopedic specialists can address your concerns and recommend treatment options.
While it is normal for babies to have flat feet, most children develop arches as they grow up. However, some people never develop arches or weaken their arches from injury and prolonged stress to the feet. When this happens, the tendon that supports the arch weakens and is no longer able to maintain its shape. People are more susceptible to flat feet if they are overweight, have injuries to their foot, are diabetic, or have rheumatoid arthritis. To better understand the mechanics of your feet, your doctor may take X-rays or a CT scan. Flat feet will generally benefit from arch supports, supportive shoes, and stretching exercises and physical therapy.
Many factors contribute to a heel deformity. These include stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, or tarsal tunnel syndrome. The most common heel deformity we see at Ogden Clinic is Haglund’s deformity. This condition is characterized by a bony prominence on the back of the heel that causes swelling, pain, and redness. Heel deformities can often be treated with ice, compression, heel pads, anti-inflammatory medications, and exercises. In more severe cases, an Ogden Clinic doctor may choose to perform corrective surgery to treat a heel deformity.
While none of these conditions point to a more serious problem, they can cause issues with mobility or comfort when walking or exercising. To learn more about treatment options for your flat feet or heel deformity, reach out to the Foot and Ankle Orthopedics department at Ogden Clinic. Our staff would be happy to schedule you an appointment and find the right flat feet and heel deformity treatment.