If you’ve been told your entire life that you have flat feet or fallen arches, you may have just accepted it as a necessary evil that you were born with. While having flat feet is a result of a faulty foot structure, sometimes the foot problem won’t show up until adulthood. Learn the reason why, how to know if you have flat feet, and how the best podiatrist in NYC can help you treat the problem.
For Patients Suffering Flatfoot: Don’t Wait to Seek Help
Early diagnosis and treatment for adults suffering from a painful fallen foot arch, or adult-acquired flatfoot, is key to increase improved long-term outcomes, reduce the likelihood of more severe foot deformities and lessen the need for surgical intervention.
Adult-acquired flatfoot and other complex foot and ankle disorders are the topic of discussion among foot and ankle surgeons at the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in Austin, Texas…
...Adults suffering flatfoot might see a progressive deformity that commonly results from either a stretched or torn Achilles tendon (the bands that attach at the heel and foot bones, forming the arch) or calf muscle. The muscle or tendon tends to over-pull, leading to strain on the inside of the foot and ankle and the result is a flatfoot deformity that can cause pain and make the foot appear to be flat on the bottom.
According to Kris DiNucci, DPM, FACFAS, a Scottsdale foot and ankle surgeon and Fellow Member of ACFAS, patients with flatfoot deformity often experience pain, redness and swelling on the bottom of the foot, especially near where the arch should be, and find that feet movement (such as standing on toes) is difficult or impossible. Patients might also experience back and/or leg pain associated with the loss of the arch.
Living with flat feet can be very painful because it causes extra pressure and strain to be put on your feet. This in turn starts a chain reaction up your body that can also cause pain in your knees, hips, back and neck.
Flat feet are often caused by foot misalignment, an issue that approximately 45% of the population has, but isn’t aware of. Misaligned feet are caused by the ankle bone slipping off the heel bone. This leads to an excessive inward rotation of the ankle and outward rotation of the foot known as overpronation.
Your feet can be put into alignment with a device known as the HyProCure® stent. It’s an outpatient procedure that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle bone and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle and correcting the excessive inward rotation.
It’s safe for most children and adults of all ages, rarely needs to be replaced, and will have you back walking in your own shoes within 3 to 5 days, free from the foot pain caused by your flat feet.
The best podiatrist in NYC will consider HyProCure® as a solution to your flat feet. If you’re interested in finding out if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients.