Flat Feet Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

If the arches of your feet touch the ground, you may have a condition called flat feet. Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, has a team of highly regarded physicians with expertise to treat your fallen arches and help correct any postural deformity you may be experiencing. Serving the practice are expert podiatrists Khalid Husain, DPM; Gene Choi, DPM; Jennifer Kirchens, DPM; and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Flat Feet Q & A

What causes flat feet?

Years of walking, running and standing can start to cause the posterior tibial tendon, which runs along the inside of the ankle from the joint above the arch, to deteriorate. Over time, this can cause flat feet. Since this tendon is the main support for the arch, overloading it can cause tendonitis and tearing. The arch loses support and can fall to the ground once the tendon is damaged, which results in flat feet. Flat feet present an excessive inward rolling of the foot while walking or running.

Flat feet are normal for infants and toddlers due to the foot not being fully developed. Most people develop arches throughout childhood, but it’s possible that some never do.

What are the dangers of having flat feet?

Some people can go through life with no issues from flat feet. Others can experience foot pain in the heels or arches and deal with posture issues, as well. Swelling might occur on the inside of the ankle, too. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, your physician examines your arches to determine what treatment is best for you.

Can flat feet be corrected?

Even though there is no cure for flat feet, there are ways to help reduce pain and discomfort. The practice at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics offers surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. If your arches ache and your posture isn’t upright, the following noninvasive strategies may help:

  • Resting
  • Elevating the affected foot
  • Icing
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Wearing orthotic devices 
  • Taking corticosteroids

For more severe cases, surgical procedures include:

Synovectomy

Your physician effectively cleans the tendons' protective coverings to ease any pain and restore your mobility.

Tendon transfer

This procedure helps balance the pull of the tendons and helps you develop an arch.

Lateral column lengthening

This bone-grafting procedure makes your arch rise more naturally, relieving your pain and restoring your ability to walk.

At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinic, the primary goal is to eliminate pain, improve mobility, and use the best procedure to provide long-term benefits. Most flatfoot surgical procedures require six to twelve weeks of being in a cast. The bottom line is that flat feet can benefit from, both nonsurgical and surgical intervention.

If you’re having issues with fallen arches or flat fleet, call or book an online appointment today at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics. The team looks forward to helping you walk with confidence.