Dr. Kevin D. Smith, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

"When your feet hurt, you hurt all over"

Although your feet are the part of your body most prone to pain and injury, they are often neglected and ignored. Foot pain is not normal! You deserve to walk pain-free and Dr. Smith can help.

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Going Barefoot? What Causes Flatfeet?

Flatfeet: This is one of the more easily understood conditions based on its name. Yes, it means someone has flat feet! You might have this condition, but will never run in to any painful problems; talk about luck!

As an infant and toddler, it is extremely common to have flat feet due to undeveloped muscles. Most children grow out of this stage; however, some people never develop the arches needed to correct this condition. As if that statement was not scary enough as it is; arches can also fall over time.

Risk Factors:
  • Obesity
  • Injury to your foot or ankle
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Aging
  • Diabetes

 

While the name might be simple, the long-term effects are anything but. This is a type of condition that can lead to a domino-effect of other painful problems. Are you wondering why your ankles, knees, and/or hip are bothering you? Next time you go to your doctor, ask them to look at your feet; it seems silly, but you will be thanking us later!

 

Types of Flat Feet:

Flexible Flat Foot: Picture yourself on your tippy toes; what do your arches look like? Do they appear curved while you hold this position, but when you place your foot back on the ground, it disappears?

Tight Achilles Tendon:  This is when your Achilles is way too tight! Ouch! Walking or running can feel like a chore if you have this type.

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction: This condition is a result of the lack of support in your arch. Pain will spread all around your ankle and produce swelling if you do not take care of your feet.

If you are unsure about the status of your feet, call and book an appointment to see Dr. Smith: (309) 762-7919

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