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Flat Feet Specialist

Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Salt Lake City, UT

An estimated 5% of American adults have flat feet, where the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed. If you have flat feet, the team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, a branch of Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, provides corrective and surgical measures to address the source of your condition. Call the office in Salt Lake City, Utah, today or schedule a consultation online.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

Having flat feet refers to a condition affecting the arch in your foot. It’s also called a fallen arch. Your arch helps you to walk, by providing the flexibility to adjust to different walking surfaces. Flat feet occur when this arch collapses. 

One common type of flat feet is adult-acquired flatfoot. Overstretching the tendon supporting your arch causes this type of flat feet. 

Another kind, flexible flatfoot, occurs when your foot is flat when you’re standing, but returns to a normal arch when your foot isn’t bearing any weight.

What causes flat feet?

Certain circumstances and conditions increase your risk of flat feet. These factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Age
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Pregnancy

An injury to your ankle or foot may also lead to flat feet.

What are the symptoms that accompany flat feet?

Flat feet usually cause little to no pain. If they are, that may be a sign of an underlying congenital abnormality or an injury to your foot’s muscles or tendons. 

Other signs to look for include:

  • Inner ankle swelling
  • Achy feet
  • A lack of mobility in your foot
  • Difficulty standing on your toes
  • Sore, swollen feet

If flat feet are causing you pain, visit Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, for a thorough evaluation. The team is experienced in the treatment of flat feet. They identify the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatments for your kind of arch.

How are flat feet treated?

Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, provides comprehensive treatment options for flat feet. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Shoe inserts
  • Orthotics
  • Shoe modifications
  • Rest and ice
  • Stretching exercises
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

For your convenience, the team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, makes orthotic devices, which are easily customized to the dimensions of your feet. If these conservative measures cannot address your condition, your provider offers surgical options to repair damage to your foot, such as flatfoot reconstruction.

Whether you’re born with flat feet or developed the condition recently, trust the team at Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, for expert care. The team works with you to determine the best treatment options to eliminate your pain, improve your mobility, and get you back to the activities you love.

Call Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, today or schedule your consultation online.