Flat Feet Specialist

New York Foot Experts

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Financial District, New York, NY

When you have flat feet, your symptoms may be mild, but many patients experience pain, muscle spasms, and difficulty walking. You can get relief from flat feet at New York Foot Experts: Daniel Drapacz, DPM, where Dr. Drapacz can determine the cause and severity of your problem, then work with you to develop a customized treatment plan. If you have questions about flat feet, call one of his New York offices, conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and the Financial District.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are the different types of flat feet?

Flatfoot refers to several different conditions that all share one problem — a partial or complete collapse of the foot’s arch. It’s important to have properly formed arches, because they help support your body weight, absorb shock, and create a space for blood vessels, nerves, and muscles.

The primary types of flatfoot include:

Pediatric flatfoot

Infants and children naturally have flat feet because it takes time for their bones to mature and develop strong arches. Flatfoot should disappear by age six, but one or two out of every 10 children continue to have flat feet as they grow up. They may also develop problems that cause pediatric flatfoot, such as a tight Achilles tendon or a problem with their bones or the tendon that supports the arch.

Congenital flatfoot

Some children are born with conditions that cause flatfoot, such as lax ligaments that allow the arch to flatten, or a condition called tarsal coalition in which the foot is fixed in a flat position because bones are fused together.

Adult-acquired flatfoot

This type of flatfoot is a painful condition that develops gradually as structural changes occur and the arches collapse. It may be caused by:

  • Partial dislocation of joints
  • Fractured bone
  • Torn or stretched tendon
  • Changes caused by rheumatoid arthritis
  • Damaged nerves
  • Posterior tibial tendon (PTT) dysfunction (attaches your calf muscle to your foot)

In about 60% of patients with PTT dysfunction, taking steroids or chronic diseases such as diabetes contribute to flatfoot.

How are flat feet diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Drapacz uses X-rays to examine the shape and alignment of the bones in your feet and ankles. An MRI may be performed to view soft tissues, such as the posterior tibial tendon. After determining the severity of your flatfoot, Dr. Drapacz recommends an individualized treatment plan, which may include:

Conservative treatment

Several treatments are available to relieve your pain and help restore function, including:

  • Shoes with good arch support
  • Kinesiology tape to support your arch
  • Exercises to reduce pain and improve motion
  • Orthotic shoe inserts to maintain foot alignment
  • Customized orthotic braces
  • Boot or cast orthotics to support your foot

Surgery

Surgery is the last option if conservative treatment doesn’t provide relief. Procedures may involve tendon repair, removal of inflamed tissues, removing parts of the bone, or a bone fusion, depending on the type of flatfoot.

Same day, Saturday, and evening appointments are available at New York Foot Experts, so call or book an appointment online for help with flat feet.

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