Flat Feet Specialist

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Podiatry located in Midwood & Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

You don’t have to put up with the pain and difficulty walking caused by flat feet. Whether you’ve had flat feet since you were young or they developed during your adult years, help is available. Dr. Mario Voloshin at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center provides expert treatment that’s customized to meet each patients’ needs. If you have questions or you’d like to schedule an appointment, use online booking or call one of the offices in Brooklyn, New York.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

Flat feet develop when the arches of your feet partially or completely collapse. Having flat feet may contribute to other foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, and Achilles tendonitis.

What are the different types of flat feet?

There are several types of flat feet that generally develop at different ages:

Pediatric flat feet

Children normally have flat feet for about the first six years of their life because it takes time for bones to mature and develop strong arches. About 1-2% of all children don’t outgrow their flat feet.

Congenital flat feet

Although it’s rare, children may be born with inherited conditions that cause flat feet.

Flexible flat feet

Flexible flat feet begin in childhood or adolescence and continue through their adult years. When you have flexible flat feet, your feet are flat when you’re standing but the arches return to normal when they don’t have to bear your weight. Flexible flat feet worsen over time, leading to torn and inflamed tendons and ligaments.

Adult-acquired flat feet

This is a painful type of flat feet that develops as you get older. Adult-acquired flat feet are caused by:

  • Fractured foot
  • Joint dislocation
  • Torn or stretched tendon
  • Arthritis
  • Injured nerves
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction

What is posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)?

PTTD is one of the most common causes of adult-acquired flat feet. The posterior tibial tendon attaches your calf muscles to your feet, where it’s essential for supporting your arches. Overuse of the tendon makes it weaken, which in turn leads to flat feet. You can also develop a weak tendon if you take steroids or from chronic diseases like diabetes.

How are flat feet treated?

Dr. Voloshin develops an individualized treatment plan based on the severity of your flat feet. Your treatment may include one or more of the following to relieve pain and improve foot function:

  • Arch support with customized shoes or orthotics
  • Kinesiology taping to support the arch
  • Exercises to improve range of motion and reduce pain
  • Customized orthotic braces
  • Boot or cast orthotics to improve foot support

When you still have pain or limited function despite conservative treatments, you may need surgery. Tendon repair, removing inflamed tissues or parts of the bone, or a bone fusion are a few examples of surgical procedures used to treat flat feet.

You can get relief from pain due to flat feet, so call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center or book an appointment online.