Flat feet is a common condition that can affect up to 30 percent of the population. Though both of the feet are usually affected when suffering from flat feet, it is possible for only one foot to be affected. These can be caused by a variety of different conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and feet injuries. Other causes can be as simple as the wear and tear of aging, genetics, and in some cases, pregnancy can also be a factor. We at Global Podiatry understand the complications foot pain can have on the everyday life of our community, and that is why we offer professional Arthroereisis treatment with the best podiatrists in Illinois.
Living with foot pain can take a severe toll on the everyday lives of those suffering from it. It is essential to attend to flat feet properly since problems with your feet can lead to imbalances in other parts of your body, and since you are always on your feet, almost every daily task can become a struggle. In a study to apply short foot exercises to improve the medial longitudinal arch of flatfoot, published in a journal of Physical Therapy Science, the following activities were proven to be helpful in correcting flat feet.
These are just a few tips and tricks to helping fight back against flat feet on your own time, and it takes only a few minutes out of your day. We at Global Podiatry want to provide you a variety of choices so that you no longer have any discomfort in your feet. For more severe conditions, it is best to call our clinic and book a consultation to see if arthroereisis treatment is the best option.
If you feel like you are suffering from flat feet, the first step is always to book your consultation with one of our Podiatrists to accurately diagnose your condition. Your Global Podiatry Podiatrist will thoroughly assess the affected area and then determine the proper treatment. If Arthroereisis is the best option to treat your condition, you will then set a date for your treatment. Your podiatrist will walk you through the steps leading up to your procedure; what you should do to prepare. After, you will be off your feet for a little while, and a few things that you can do before your treatment may be:
After the procedure is over, patients can expect to leave the hospital on the same day. Your podiatrist will explain to you the recommended time of recovery, but prepare to be off your feet for a while. Due to the implants, your body needs to adjust and do its work; adding any extra pressure could severely reverse the effect of the procedure.
Arthroereisis is a procedure that uses special implants to help treat flat feet and to prevent the problems flat feet can cause. During treatment, special implanted devices are inserted into the area of the heel and ankle called the subtalar region. These implants help promote normal, comfortable movement by stabilizing the subtalar joint. Arthroereisis is most commonly performed in children whose feet and ankles are still growing, but in some cases, it may also be used in adults.
In a normally-shaped foot, the arch portion creates a curve on the bottom of the foot to provide support for the midfoot region. In a person with flat feet, the arch is absent or far less pronounced, making the midfoot more prone to pain, irritation, inflammation and injury. Many people with flat feet also have what is called “excessive pronation” or “overpronation” of the foot, a type of gait that causes the foot to “roll” inward and the heel to “evert” or turn outward.
Arthroereisis offers several benefits for patients with flat feet. First, because it relies on implants, the procedure is easily reversible, and no drilling or bone removal is required. Patients can experience improved gait mechanics and a more normal appearance when walking while also relieving discomfort and fatigue caused by excessive pronation.
During the procedure, a small incision is made in the foot over the subtalar region. A special guide is used to ensure the implant will be placed properly, and the correct size of the implant is determined. The implant is inserted using a special guide wire, and then the incision is closed with sutures. A cast will be worn for a few weeks during the initial stages of healing, and crutches will also be needed. Over time, the body’s tissue will grow around the implant helping to stabilize it.
One thing that we can often forget is that our feet are the foundation of our body, no matter what we do in a day, we are almost always using our feet. If they are not stable and balanced, it can cause general problems for the rest of your body. The arch of your foot manages the most pressure that is exerted during the movement of your body; proper arches in your feet can prevent further problems in more parts than just your feet. Healthy arches help reduce problems in the lower back, hips, knees, neck, and shoulders. If you suffer from flat feet and they are producing noticeable pain, continuing discomfort, and restrictions in your daily life, it is time to consult with our team at Global Podiatry. Get the help you need with expert advice and personalized care.