9645 Lincoln-Way Ln | Suite 104 | Frankfort, IL 60423 | (779) 333-7419
Flat Feet
PODIATRY CARE WITH A HOMETOWN TOUCH
COMMON CONDITIONS
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Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed, generally making the sole of the foot completely or almost completely stay in contact with the ground. About 20- 30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth. Having flat feet can sometimes make it difficult to walk due to the stress it places on the ankles. The general alignment of your legs is thrown off because the ankles move more inward which can cause some major discomfort. This also has a big effect on the knees as many people that have flat feet often have arthritis in that area. However, in many cases, having flat feet do not cause any pain and it should not be a cause for concern in that case. For those who run, there are specific shoes to help realign the ankles with a lot more support and less pronation. The weight shifting in this activity is very quick, so that's why it's important to know if you have flat feet early on in your life, in case of injury down the road. Symptoms of flat feet can include: pain around the heel or arch area, trouble standing on the tip toe, swelling around the inside of the ankle, flat look to one or both feet, and having your shoes feel uneven when worn. A major cause of flat feet is never having developed an arch on your foot. Overtime, a lot of stress and trauma to the foot can actually weaken the posterior tibial tendon that runs around the inside of the ankle. This is the reason why some people with flat feet have pain around that particular area. There are a number of ways to help treat flat feet. One way is going barefoot. Studies have shown that those that grew up going barefoot or wearing less closed-toe shoes actually have more of an arch because the general strength and fullness of the arch increased. Also, those with flat feet have a weaker Achilles tendon, and exercise to the area will help stretch the area. In a lot of cases, there are great shoe inserts provided by podiatrists to provide ankle support as well as reduce the symptoms that go along with severe flat feet. For those that suffer severe pain in that area, tendon surgery is an option to help with any posterior tibial tears.
Kelly N. May, DPM, FACFAS Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
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Common Conditions
At Illinois Foot & Ankle Center we take pride in providing each patient with the best experience possible.  Dr. May takes the time to fully understand the needs of each patient and determine the best path to wellness.  Whether it’s routine nail care or surgery to repair a ruptured achilles tendon, Dr. May’s training and experience have prepared her to provide the best care possible. Below is a list of the more common conditions we treat.  Click to find out more.  If you have questions about these or any condition not listed please give us a call!
Achilles Tendon Disorders
Diabetic Shoes
Dry Heels
Fallen Arches (Flat Feet)
Ganglion Cyst
Gout
Stress Fracture of the Foot
Toe/Metatarsal Fractures    (Broken Toes)
Kelly N. May, DPM, AACFAS Foot and Ankle Surgeon
PODIATRY CARE WITH A HOMETOWN TOUCH
9645 Lincoln-Way Ln | Suite 104 | Frankfort, IL 60423 (779) 333-7419