Flat Feet

Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic

Mikol Anderson, DPM

Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Salt Lake City, UT

Flat feet have little-to-no natural arch, which can leave you vulnerable to problems like feet rolling inward as you walk, foot pain, and toe deformities. At Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, you’ll find the best in nonsurgical and surgical flatfoot treatment. Dedicated flatfoot expert Mikol Anderson, DPM, offers the innovative solutions you need for healthy feet, so call the office or book an appointment with the online scheduler now.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

Flat feet, sometimes called flatfoot, is one of the three kinds of foot arches: high, medium/neutral, and low/flat. Technically, flat feet aren't necessarily totally flat, as they're sometimes also called low arches. But, in general, flat feet have little-to-no arch. 

What problems do flat feet cause?

If you have flat feet, you may have uncomfortable or painful symptoms, including:

  • Foot pain
  • Foot swelling
  • Foot fatigue
  • Difficulty walking normally

Not all cases of flatfoot cause symptoms. But, flatfoot changes the biomechanics of your feet, making you more likely to overpronate (roll your feet toward each other) as you walk. 

Eventually, this means that flat feet can even cause issues in other parts of your body, like your legs, knees, hips, or lower back. Overpronation can also put unusual stress on the inner top part of your foot, potentially leading to bone deformities like bunions. 

Even if you're not experiencing any symptoms right now, it's best to get a flatfoot evaluation at Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic to make sure you're not at risk for serious foot issues down the road. 

What causes flat feet?

All children have flat feet and then typically develop arches as they grow. But your arches may never develop. Or, your arches can fall in adulthood after years of wear-and-tear. Factors such as obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes can contribute to fallen arches. 

Can I redevelop foot arches if I have fallen arches?

Yes, there are safe nonsurgical options that can help. Dr. Anderson performs a careful exam and analysis of your foot arches to determine what kind of damage you're dealing with. 

Then, he may recommend special stretching exercises, custom orthotics, supportive shoes, and other conservative treatments to help you reestablish foot arches. 

If your fallen arches cause severe pain or structural damage within your feet, conservative care may not be sufficient. In these rare instances, Dr. Anderson may recommend surgical corrections such as tendon transfer, bone fusing, or bone modification. 

If you have flat feet, Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic can help you identify and prevent major issues later. Call the office or use the online appointment maker to get started.