Flat Feet Specialist

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Pawtucket, RI

While not typically a medical concern, flat feet can certainly lead to uncomfortable side effects and chronic pain. If you have flat feet, board-certified podiatrist Joseph K. Domenico, DPM, of Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle has just the right solution to resolve your discomfort. Schedule your flat feet evaluation at this Pawtucket, Rhode Island, based podiatry practice by clicking on the online booking feature. You can also call the clinic directly.

Flat Feet Q & A

Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle

Why do I have flat feet?

The arches in your feet help provide stability to your entire body. If your arches hit the ground, or come close to it, you’re diagnosed with flat feet and may need treatment. Sometimes, this condition develops during childhood and you never outgrow it, but flat feet can also occur due to:

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Foot or ankle injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Your arches also naturally fall as you get older, so flat feet can develop later on in your senior years.

Do flat feet cause symptoms?

They can, although not all men and women who have flat feet experience symptoms. If you do, it’s common to have:

  • Sore arches or heels
  • Ankle instability
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Swelling on the inside of your ankles

Even if your discomfort seems minor, or pain only occurs occasionally, scheduling an evaluation at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle and starting treatment can prevent symptoms from progressing.

What is the treatment for flat feet?

One of the best things you can do for your flat feet is to get fitted for custom orthotics at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle. These specially designed shoe inserts help support your arch, which can minimize pain, inflammation, and overall foot discomfort. Your flat feet treatment can also include:

  • Specialized stretches
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Supportive shoes or arch supports

Dr. Domenico may want to order X-ray imaging to rule out other complications or causes of foot pain. For example, an X-ray can show a heel spur, which is a bone protrusion that can inflame your plantar fascia and lead to chronic foot pain.

By studying your foot mechanics, Dr. Domenico can personalize your health care plan and treat any underlying issues, so you can get relief right away. While no surgery fixes flat feet on its own, Dr. Domenico might suggest a surgical procedure to correct the related condition, such as a heel spur.

Before you go another day struggling with foot pain, see how the team at Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle can help you. Book your exam online or over the phone.