Acquired adult flatfoot deformity (AAFD) is a condition that causes the arch of the foot to gradually flatten. There are many factors that can cause it, from damage to nerves, tendons, or ligaments to bone fractures. Click the button below to find out how the condition progresses and how foot and ankle specialists treat it.
Acquired Adult Flatfoot Deformity
When the feet have no arches, and instead, the full length of each sole contacts the ground, the condition is known as flat feet. Shoe inserts can often help people with the condition walk more comfortably. However, other people experience pain, and treatment may include bracing or surgery. Find out more about flat feet and its treatment options by clicking the button below.
Flat Feet and High Arches
Flat foot is a condition where the foot has no arch, and instead, the entire bottom of the foot makes contact with the ground. In contrast, a person can also have an abnormally high arch in their foot, which may make it more difficult for them to walk or put them at risk for certain injuries. Click below to learn more about these conditions of the midfoot and how they are diagnosed and treated.
The point where the long bones that lead to the toes (metatarsals) and the bones in the arch of the foot connect is called the Lisfranc joint. When these bones become broken or the ligaments that surround them tear, it is called a Lisfranc injury. It can be easy to mistake a Lisfranc injury for a simple sprain, so it is important to be diagnosed by a foot and ankle specialist. Click the button below to learn more about the Lisfranc joint, who is at risk for Lisfranc injuries, and how they are diagnosed and treated.
Progressive Flatfoot (Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction)
When a primary tendon in the lower leg known as the posterior tibial tendon begins to stretch abnormally, the foot can gradually flatten. Without treatment, the tendon also becomes rigid, arthritis develops, and pain increases. Find out more about how progressive flatfoot is diagnosed and treated, and who is most at risk for the condition.
Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that affects the body’s joints, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. The majority of people who have it develop symptoms in the foot or ankle. Foot and ankle specialists can offer nonsurgical and surgical treatments to help people with rheumatoid arthritis. Click the button below to learn more about how RA affects the foot and how it is diagnosed and treated.
When a bone develops a small crack due to overuse, misuse, or a condition like osteoporosis, it is called a stress fracture. In the foot, one of the most common areas where they develop is in the midfoot. Usually, a doctor will take an X-ray of the foot during the diagnosis, and treatment typically does not require surgery. Click the button below to find out how to reduce your risk of developing a stress fracture as well as how stress fractures of the midfoot can be treated.