Flatfoot disorder – also known as fallen arches or plantar fasciitis – may not be serious on its own, but may develop into a painful condition when left untreated, and possibly cause secondary conditions like bunions or knee problems.
As a result, treatment and diagnosis are important to avoiding foot pain and keeping the lower extremities functioning well. One specialist, Amgad Haleem, MBBCh, M.S., recently found a better way to diagnose flatfoot disorder, as reported at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Haleem told the gathering that he was able to find more structural differences in the feet of people with fallen arches and those of a control group using 3D imaging, when compared to standard X-ray techniques.
Generally, the treatment for flatfoot disorder is conservative, consisting of stretches, orthotics or weight loss to take pressure off the tendons, according to the Mayo Clinic. In more serious cases in which the tendon is torn, surgery may be necessary.