Offering the Highest Level of Quality Care for Flatfoot Conditions
EmergeOrtho embraces the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to help our patients heal faster. With superior care across a wide range of specialties, we are a leader in crafting innovative treatment plans for our patients.
What is acquired flatfoot?
This condition, sometimes referred to as a fallen arch, is often the result of damage to the posterior tibial tendon. This is the tendon that holds up the arch of the foot. If it’s damaged, the arch collapses, causing the foot to point outward. As a result, the heel bone may place painful pressure on the outside ankle bone.
Obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for developing flatfoot. The tibial tendon can also be damaged by participating in high-impact sports such as tennis or soccer.
What are the symptoms of acquired flatfoot?
- Pain, particularly pain that is worse with activity
- Difficulty standing for long periods of time
- Difficulty wearing shoes
- Diabetics, those who have had a previous foot injury or arthritis may notice bumps on the bottom, top or side of the foot.
How is flatfoot treated?
Orthotics and braces are often enough to treat the injury. However, if those are not effective, flatfoot reconstruction surgery may be an option.
During surgery, the orthopedist makes an incision in the part of the foot that is affected by the fallen arch, such as the big toe or the heel. The surgeon may place a bone wedge to move the foot bones into their correct location and then secure them with screws.
Whenever possible, we utilize the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques. These enable you to recover faster than with traditional “open” surgical procedures. EmergeOrtho teams use a multidisciplinary approach and the most advanced methods to devise an individualized treatment plan. Contact us to learn if minimally invasive surgery would be an appropriate option for you.