Flat Feet Specialist

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS

Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Palm Beach, FL & Boca Raton, FL

Flat feet can lead to a host of issues, such as pain in your lower back, hips, or knees. Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, provides innovative treatments for children and adults with flat feet at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you have pain or alignment problems because of flat feet, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Flat Feet Q & A

What does it mean to have flat feet?

The arches along the inside of each foot provide support when you stand or walk. When you have flat feet, these arches are absent. Flat feet allow your soles to completely touch the floor when you stand. 

All babies and toddlers have flat feet. Usually, arches develop during childhood as the ligaments and tendons in your foot strengthen. Sometimes arches don’t develop, and flat feet persist into adolescence and adulthood. 

Arches can also flatten after an injury or collapse over time due to wear and tear on the tissues that support the arch. 

What are the different types of flat feet?

There are two main types of flat feet:

Flexible flat feet

The flexible form of flat feet is common and typically painless. Flexible flat feet means the arches are visible when the feet aren’t bearing any weight. When you stand up, the arches flatten. The arches return again when you get off your feet.

Rigid flat feet

Having a rigid flat foot means there’s no arch, even when the foot isn’t bearing weight. Rigid flat foot can lead to foot pain during everyday activities like walking. Adults who are sedentary and overweight can also develop rigid flat feet. 

When should I see a specialist for flat feet?

If you or your child has flat feet without any pain or symptoms, treatment may not be necessary. However, you should call Dr. Schilero any time you or your child experiences foot pain or difficulty walking that doesn’t resolve in a couple of days.

Without proper intervention, flat feet can lead to foot and ankle problems. These problems may lead to misalignments that cause pain in other areas, like the knees, hips, and lower back.

How are flat feet diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Schilero reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your feet. She observes your feet while you stand and sit. She may also take X-rays to determine the extent of the condition. 

Then, Dr. Schilero develops an individualized treatment plan that may include:

  • Changing to better-fitting shoes
  • Wearing orthotic inserts or arch supports
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Applying ice to relieve pain
  • Undergoing a physical therapy regimen

If your condition is severe, or treatment fails to relieve your pain and symptoms, surgery may be necessary.

For expertise in treating flat feet, call Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, or book an appointment online today.