Since we rely so heavily on them for the most simple of daily tasks, we often take for granted just how important our feet are to us. However, foot troubles can quickly have a negative effect on your normal activities. Luckily, your Tyler, TX podiatrist Dr. James Kent can help you pinpoint the cause of your foot issues and help you determine the best treatment plan for you. Find out if you suffer from flat feet with help from East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers.
What are flat feet?
Almost every baby born has flat feet. However, most children grow an arch during their first years, resulting in a perfectly normal foot. Unfortunately, about 30% of children never develop their arches. This condition, known as flat feet, usually does not have an effect on daily life though in some cases can cause some painful and irritating symptoms which may require help from your podiatrist to treat.
Do I have flat feet?
The easiest way to tell if you have flat feet is a test you can perform right at home. Wet your bare feet and step onto a surface which will show a contrast when wet. If you examine your footprint and see the entire perimeter of your foot, you have a flat foot. If you can see the indention of the foot’s arch, you do not have flat feet. If you think your foot pain may be related to your flat feet, you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist for a foot examination to prevent further issues and treat any existing problems.
Flat Feet Treatments in Tyler, TX
People who have flat feet may experience achy arches, tired feet, back or leg pain, swelling of the bottom of the foot, and difficulty rising onto your toes from a normal standing position. Depending on the severity of your condition, treatments for flat feet vary. Most cases of flat feet respond to at-home treatment like icing the foot to reduce pain and swelling, over-the-counter medications and physical therapy.
For more information on flat feet or their treatments, please contact Dr. James Kent at East Texas Foot and Ankle Centers in Tyler, TX. Call (903) 939-3668 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kent today!