Flat Feet Diagnosis and Solutions in East Windsor and Lawrenceville, NJ

Flat feet is a common problem that often goes undiagnosed or ignored. Unfortunately, this can exacerbate the feet or lead to worse conditions. Dr. Donna Barrese is an expert at not only foot diagnosis but also at understanding the causes and working to find a long-term solution. Flat feet, while painless to some, can halt a normal lifestyle in others.

What Causes Flat Feet?

Flat Foot - Lawrenceville, NJ - Donna Barresse DPM

Flat feet can emerge from a variety of backgrounds, such as torn tendons, broken bones, and nerve problems. It can also arise in people who have no history of foot trauma but rather were predisposed to such an issue from birth. As we age, certain factors can increase the risk of flat feet, such as pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity. No matter the cause, it's important to take notice of risks and signs that the arches of the feet are faltering.

Symptoms and Consequences

Often, people will have flat feet and feel no accompanying pain. However, others aren't so lucky and will begin to notice that their feet get tired more frequently. As the tendons weaken, feet will ache in specific areas, like the arch and heel. Furthermore, the inside bottom of the foot may become swollen. This pain may extend up to the leg and lower back as it worsens. Because flat feet are a result of the tendons in the arch not tightening properly, continued walking and exercise will only weaken the muscles, not strengthen them. Chronic pain of this sort is debilitating for anyone but is especially worrisome for those who rely on walking for their job, such as a mailman or wait staff.

Treatment and Prevention

As previously mentioned, going to a specialist for professional help is the most important factor in treatment. An experienced podiatrist such as Dr. Barrese will look at the client's health history, pain hotspots, walking pattern, and foot strength to determine the best course of action. A personalized regime will be drawn up with the client's full understanding and participation for quick foot recovery. This could include rest, ice, stretching, medication, physical therapy, orthotic devices, injected medicines or any combination, depending on the diagnosis. In rare cases, surgery can be recommended when the injury is severe.

Patients who believe they may suffer from flat feet are encouraged to call and make an appointment at one of our two convenient locations in East Windsor and Lawrenceville. Even those who are unsure should come in to make sure they are taking proper care of their feet and can prevent any issues from arising in the future.