Flat Feet Specialist

Local Foot Doc -  - Podiatrist

Local Foot Doc

Podiatrists located in Brooklyn & Queens, New York City, NY

Arches in your feet are important for distributing your body weight evenly throughout your lower legs, ankles, and feet. If you have fallen arches, or flatfeet, you can start developing chronic pain and inflammation, which are issues that are entirely treatable with Waldemar Majdanski, DPM, FACFAS, and the team at Local Foot Doc. With two locations in Brooklyn, New York, as well as locations in the Queens neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Forest Hills, and Astoria, you have an office nearby to receive the flatfeet treatment you need. Book your evaluation online or call your most convenient location directly.

Flat Feet Q & A

What causes flatfeet?

Flatfoot is one of the most common podiatric issues in children. Usually, you outgrow flatfeet as your arches develop and connective tissues become stronger, but it’s certainly possible for your flatfeet to linger on into adulthood, especially if flatfeet run in your family. 

As an adult, you can develop flatfeet at any time — known as “adult-acquired flatfeet” — for a number of reasons, including:

  • Arthritic conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Damage to your posterior tibial tendon
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Injury or trauma

It’s even possible to have flatfeet because of chronic nervous system or musculoskeletal disorders, including muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. 

Do flatfeet cause pain?

Not always, but without proper support and treatment, flatfeet can certainly become sore and painful. 

To prevent foot and ankle discomfort, the dedicated podiatrists at Local Foot Doc encourage you to come in for an evaluation if you have flatfeet, even if you currently experience little to no pain.

It’s particularly important to have a comprehensive foot and ankle evaluation if your flatfeet are associated with:

  • Knee, leg, or lower back pain
  • Under- or overpronation 
  • Tenderness or swelling
  • Foot or ankle stiffness 
  • Ankle instability 

At Local Foot Doc, you can undergo any essential diagnostic testing, including an ultrasound or X-ray, so your podiatrist can evaluate the severity of your flatfeet and help you determine which treatments may be most effective for you.

What is the treatment for flatfeet?

Treating flatfeet just depends on the severity of your foot deformity and symptoms. Your dedicated podiatrist at Local Foot Doc may recommend pairing any of these flatfeet treatments together to relieve inflammation and pain:

  • Ankle bracing
  • Physical therapy 
  • Custom orthotics
  • Shoe modifications 
  • Corticosteroid injections 
  • Heel cord stretching exercises
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Weight-loss management (if needed) 
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If conservative treatments aren’t effective for you, flatfeet surgery may be the next option. Your foot and ankle surgeon at Local Foot Doc can use minimally invasive measures to realign bones in your rearfoot (heel bone displacement osteotomy), graft bones or tissues to lift your arches, lengthen your Achilles tendon, or make any other essential repairs to treat flatfeet.

Schedule your flatfeet evaluation at Local Foot Doc today. Click on the online scheduling feature or call your nearest office to speak with a team member.