Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute

Flat Feet

Flat Feet

Flat Feet services offered in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, UT

If you have flat feet, treatment options can correct this condition, which can reduce uncomfortable symptoms and alleviate any health concerns. The podiatrists at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, Utah, have the expertise and experience to provide the customized care you need. To book an evaluation, call the friendly staff or use the online scheduler for convenience.

What are flat feet?

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a condition characterized by having a minimal or no arch in your foot. Instead of having a noticeable curve along the inner side of your foot, the entire sole lies flat on the ground. This lack of arch support can cause various issues and be a source of discomfort.

Why are flat feet a health concern?

There are several reasons why having flat feet can be a health concern — one is overpronation, where your feet roll inward excessively during walking or running. It can disrupt the natural alignment of your foot and leg, causing strain on your muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which can lead to:

  • Foot pain
  • Shin splints
  • Knee pain
  • Lower back pain

Flat feet can also contribute to the development of conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and bunions.

When is it time to see a doctor about my flat feet?

If you experience persistent pain, discomfort, or difficulty with activities related to your flat feet, you should see a medical professional at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute. 

In addition, if you notice swelling, redness, or any signs of infection, you should seek medical attention promptly. It’s especially crucial to see your provider if your flat feet cause significant pain or interfere with your daily activities.

How are flat feet treated?

Treatment for flat feet typically depends on the severity of your condition and the symptoms you experience. In some cases, conservative measures may be sufficient to alleviate discomfort, which includes:

  • Wearing supportive shoes with arch support
  • Using orthotic inserts or custom-made shoe inserts
  • Performing exercises to stretch and strengthen your foot and leg muscles
  • Avoiding activities that worsen your pain

If conservative treatments don’t provide sufficient relief, or if your flat feet cause severe pain and limit your mobility, the Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute team may recommend further interventions. This could include physical therapy, bracing or taping techniques, medications for pain and inflammation, or in some cases, surgical intervention to correct your foot structure.

If you have concerns about your flat feet, call Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute today to book an appointment or use the online scheduling tool.