• Lap-Band Surgical Weight Loss Program in Orange County

    The Crown Valley Outpatient Surgical Center offers safe and effective Lap-Band surgery at their Orange County location for patients who are obese in order to lose significant body weight.

    read more
  • Spine Procedure (Minimally Invasive)

    The Crown Valley Outpatient Surgical Center, a premier advanced surgery center in Orange County, offers safe and effective minimally invasive spine procedures for patients with back, neck and spine pain or related issues.

    read more
  • Foot Doctors in Orange County That Are Nationally Recognized

    The Crown Valley Outpatient Surgical Center, one of the most advanced surgery centers in Orange County, offers safe and effective podiatry surgery for patients with foot and ankle pain or motion issues.

    read more
  • Plastic Surgery Orange County

    At Crown Valley Outpatient Surgical Center, home to the best plastic surgeons in Orange County, we offer advanced, safe and effective plastic surgery for patients who seek restorative procedures or elective cosmetic procedures.

    read more
  • General Surgery

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Vestibulum mattis nunc in metus fermentum nec elementum felis ultricies. Nunc at sapien enim.

    read more

What Can I Do About Flat Feet?

Twitter Facebook Linkedin Plusone Pinterest Email

If you have flat feet, it means that the area of your foot that typically contains an arch is flattened, causing the sole of your foot to touch the floor while walking. Although many people with flat feet do not experience any pain, some individuals find that the condition causes pain in the arch and heel and that it is difficult to complete certain movement, such as tiptoeing. If you suffer from flat feet, you might also notice that your feet get tired easily. Over time, flat feet can cause problems in your ankles and knees and change the alignment in your legs.

What causes flat feet?

Children naturally have flat feet until later in life, when the arches develop naturally. If your arches never developed during late childhood, then your feet are naturally flat. You can have arches in your feet that become flat as a result of age or following an injury that affects your tendons. You are at increased risk for the condition if you have rheumatoid arthritis, are pregnant, or are obese.

How do I know if my feet are flat?

If you are unsure whether or not your feet are flat, try the wet foot test. After a shower or dip in the pool, walk barefoot across a solid surface and then take a look at your prints. If you can see the outline and print of your entire foot with no gap or variation, you might have flat feet. Your orthopedic surgeon can examine your feet and check the wear patterns on your shoes for a better idea. In some cases, your doctor might recommend an X-ray or another imaging test to confirm that your arches are underdeveloped or nonexistent.

Will surgery help?

Surgery is not always necessary for flat feet. Your doctor might only want to perform the procedure if you are in severe pain or if the condition affects your quality of life. Often, a surgery is only necessary if you have a tendon that is in need of repair, in which case fixing the tendon can bring more support to your foot and relieve your pain considerably. Additionally, your doctor might recommend the use of special shoes or arch supports to keep you comfortable and to relieve your pain instead.