What Are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are not easily recognizable. In fact, most people will suffer from pain or discomfort in their ankles and feet, but do not realize that flat feet may be to blame. If you suspect you have flat feet, visit a podiatrist in Calgary for an examination.


Understanding Flat Feet

Your feet should have normal arches, which have an upward curve in the middle of the foot. The ligaments and tendons in your foot and lower leg then help stabilize and form that arch. Because your feet support the rest of your body, it is important that you have strong, proper arches to your feet.


Flat feet happen when you have a collapsed arch. When standing, your foot’s sole does not touch the ground entirely and it may cause your foot to roll inwards. Because you do not get proper support with flat feet, you may suffer from pain in the lower extremities and even your lower back.


The Causes of Flat Feet

Flat feet can be an abnormality that forms in childhood, but can also be genetic. Most people with flat feet develop it as adults, and it often happens when they fail to treat a foot injury.


The Problem with Flat Feet

Not seeing a foot doctor in Calgary for your flat feet may cause other issues. If untreated, your flat feet may cause:


  • Heel spurs
  • Severe heel pain
  • Ankle and knee pain due to misaligned joints
  • Lower back or hip pain
  • Arthritis


There are non-surgical, effective treatments for flat feet. You will want to see a foot specialist in Calgary first to see which treatment is right for you. In extremely severe cases, you may need surgery. Some treatment options you might be able to use include:

  • Wearing supportive shoes. These prevent the arch from falling and give you extra support.
  • Wearing orthotics. Professionally-made orthotics in Calgary will distribute your weight and minimize the pressure on your arches, thus providing you with proper alignment and support.
  • Arch inserts may be used to support your feet or act as a supplement for the lack of a proper arch.


If you have flat feet, contact a podiatrist in Calgary at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic today. Dr. Russell is a board-certified foot surgeon. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.


Call us at 403-247-1961 or contact us online to book your consultation with Dr. Russell.