An ideal foot is an extremely rare phenomenon among humans. A flat foot is one of the most common diseases of the human musculoskeletal system that affects 40-60% of the population of the entire globe.
Today, people considerate more and more of the health of their feet, since it gives us freedom of movement, allows us to drive comfortably, and at last, women's legs are considered one of the most attractive parts of the body. If during and after walking you feel fatigue and pain in your legs, by the evening there is swelling of the feet, then, unfortunately, such symptoms can be one of the first signs of flat foot. Flat feet are characterized by the absence of an arch in the feet, causing the soles of the feet to remain in contact with the ground. Flat feet may be varied from congenital flat feet to the obtained one. Complete cure of flat foot is possible only in childhood. In adults, flat feet can only be corrected. So, flat feet correction implies:
- The muscles and ligaments of the foot strengthening to prevent the foot from "falling apart" further;
- The entire body, and above all the spine protecting from overloads;
- The development of complications preventing such as arthritis of small joints of the foot, the toes deformity, and the spine diseases.
Flat feet correction is a complex treatment, important components of which are physical exercises and therapy, relax the body and renew, as well as hygienic regimens. Regularity, cozy shoes, orthopedic insoles are important in the flat feet prevention; it is useful to walk barefoot on an uneven surface, skiing, swimming, etc.
Meanwhile, modern medicine implies a safer and faster way to get rid of this everyday ailment including surgical treatment depending on the degree of foot deformation. This minimally invasive procedure is performed in one stage after which the patient is recommended to keep in rehab for a short time for observation. The surgery can be performed at any stage of the disease but as a rule, surgical treatment is recommended at stage 2 adult acquired flat feet. We perform surgery on both adults and children with this problem. The earlier you consult us, the more effective the result will be.
Dr. Yanovskiy, the podiatrist at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic will help you to find the necessary devices for flat feet correction. If the disease has gone far, he will advise medications to relieve pain, and also offer physiotherapy procedures that target and stretch tendons and muscles to support the arch in your feet and correct flat foot as well as minimally invasive procedures - non-trauma surgical emergency.
Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic is located in Des Plaines, IL, which is a 15-minute drive from downtown Chicago and only 5 minutes from Mt Prospect, Park Ridge, Niles, Arlington Heights, Norridge, Elk Grove Village, Prospect Heights, and Glenview.