Flat Foot Procedures
Flat Foot Procedures – Flat foot is a flattening of the longitudinal arch of the foot. Usually it is associated with a turning of the heel. For most people with flat feet, their feet have developed that way. Most people will have minimal discomfort, but some do develop pain, stiffness and degenerative changes with age. Relief of symptoms can usually be achieved by wearing special arch supports.
In other people, flat foot develops later in life due to rupture of the tendon that maintains the height, structure and strength of the arch.In some cases, surgery is the best treatment. To facilitate surgical reconstruction, the surgeon may use another tendon in the foot.Another surgical technique is to “fuse” bones in the mid foot. Your surgeon can discuss bone fusion and which treatment is best for you.
Dr Peter Smith, Milnerton Medi-Clinic, Cape Town
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