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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Adam, Stephanie P., DO Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about flatfoot

  • Flatfoot typically begins in both feet during childhood or adolescence.
  • The change in shape of the arch may stretch or tear tendons and ligaments, which can then become inflamed.
  • Flatfoot can cause pain in the arch, heel, or ankle, rolled-in or hyperpronated ankle, shin splints, aching or tiredness in the foot or leg, and lower back, hip, or knee pain.

what is flatfoot?

Flatfoot presents a wide variety of symptoms depending on the degree of deformity and disability. Common symptoms include:

  • “Toe drift,” (the toes and front part of the foot point outward)
  • A heel that tilts toward the outside while the ankle appears to turn in
  • A tight Achilles tendon, causing the heel to lift off the ground earlier when walking and making the problem worse
  • Bunions and hammertoes

how is flatfoot diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group foot specialist will examine the lower leg, ankle, and foot to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of your condition. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. 

If you experience symptoms with flatfoot, the surgeon may recommend non-surgical treatment options, including:

  • Cutting down on any activities that cause you pain and avoiding prolonged walking and standing.
  • Losing weight, if you are overweight.
  • Using custom orthotic devices to give more support to the arches.
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, to help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Seeking physical therapy.
  • Wearing shoes that support the arches 

Surgery may also be used to correct the flatfloot deformity in more severe cases. The length of recovery depends on the procedure that is performed.

how can i manage flatfoot?

If you have swelling, redness, or pain in the foot:

  • Keep pressure off the affected foot.
  • Keep your foot up on a pillow when you sit or lie down.
  • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, as directed by your healthcare care team. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare care team, do not take for more than 10 days.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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