Flat Feet Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

Over time, flat feet can affect the way you walk — your gait — to a point where you start experiencing aching arches, heels, and ankles on a regular basis. If you have flat feet, Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, at Boca Raton Podiatry can treat you and help you get relief from symptoms. Find out more by booking a flat feet evaluation at this Boca Raton, Florida, podiatry clinic today. Schedule online or over the phone today.

Flat Feet

What causes flat feet?

Flat feet are common in children, but as your plantar fascia and connective tissues strengthen, you typically start developing arches. Sometimes, though, you never outgrow flat feet and they stick with you throughout adulthood. 

You can also develop flat feet at any point as an adult, simply because your plantar fascia starts to weaken with age. Flat feet can even form due to any of the following risk factors:

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Chronic disease, such as diabetes
  • Arthritic conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis

Other times, flat feet occur because you had a foot injury that weakened or disrupted connective structures. In any case, even if your flat feet don’t seem to bother you now, they can worsen and lead to discomfort over time. 

Do I need to see a podiatrist for flat feet?

Yes. Your flat feet aren’t something you should ignore or try to resolve on your own through over-the-counter inserts. 

Strong arches are important to evenly disperse weight throughout your forefoot and rearfoot. If your arches are slightly or completely fallen, you could start experiencing:

  • Ankle instability
  • Arch, heel, or ankle pain
  • Swelling near your heels or ankles

Your dedicated podiatrist at Boca Raton Podiatry spends time examining your flat feet and may even gather an in-office digital X-ray to rule out related injuries (like stress fractures). This way, your podiatrist can find a personalized treatment solution that meets your unique needs. 

How are flat feet treated?

In most cases, any symptoms you experience with flat feet can improve with the right type of conservative treatment. Your flat feet therapy plan from Boca Raton Podiatry could include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy 
  • Footwear changes
  • Activity modifications 
  • Personalized stretching exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

It’s uncommon, but sometimes surgery is necessary to treat flat feet issues. For instance, if you have a torn tendon, your expert podiatrist at Boca Raton Podiatry could recommend minimally invasive foot surgery to correct the injury and help restore your full foot function.

Get relief from flat feet discomfort by getting started on treatment at Boca Raton Podiatry. Book your flat feet evaluation online or call the clinic to speak with a team member.