How Flat Feet Can Affect Your Overall Health

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Your feet are the foundation for your whole body, and when you suffer from flat feet, it can affect the way you hold up your body and your overall health. Here’s what you should do if you suffer from flat feet and how our NYC podiatrists can create customized treatments to eliminate any pain and discomfort.

Flat feet are a main cause of foot and ankle pain. It can sometimes begin in childhood if your feet do not develop properly, but other people may develop flat feet over time. The most common causes of adult-onset flat feet include: 

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Previous injuries to the feet (eg. stress fractures) 
  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Damage to any of the bones or tendons in your feet 

Remember: Failing to visit your NYC food doctor when you experience podiatric issues such as ankle sprains or fractures can cause long-term damage and result in flat-footedness. That’s why it’s so important to seek medical attention from your podiatrist if you injure your feet or notice any irregularities. 

Our NYC Podiatrists Can Resolve Any Foot Issues Quickly Using Telemedicine Services

In order to best serve our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have introduced To Healthy Feet Podiatry’s Virtual Medical Clinic. This telemedicine platform allows our NYC foot doctors to provide you with comprehensive foot care from the safety of your own home. 

Whether you have questions about flat feet and its treatment options, or you want to begin preparing for a bunion surgery, our Midtown and Downtown NYC podiatrists are on hand to provide you with all the treatment information and advice you require. 

Want to know more about our telemedicine foot care services in NYC? 


How Do Flat Feet Affect Your Body and Health? 

You might think that the most common problems you would notice with flat feet would be pain in the arch and foot area, but that is not necessarily true. In many cases, patients often complain about their flat feet affecting other parts of the body as well. 

How? Flat feet may cause your legs to turn unnaturally, in an inward manner, and this can contribute to injuries often associated with overuse and stress, such as heel spurs. You may also develop back problems due to fallen arches. 

Some other side-effects of flat feet can include: 

  • Swollen ankles
  • Discomfort and pain in the ankles and feet
  • Pain or discomfort in the legs, especially when active 
  • Knee problems due to misalignment 

Flat Feet and an Increased Risk Of Plantar Fasciitis 

Plantar Fasciitis is more common in people with flat feet. This occurs when the tendons in the feet are overstretched and it can cause severe pain in the feet, due to misalignment. 


All of the above issues can result in a less active lifestyle due to the pain and discomfort, leading to more health problems and even weight gain. The good news? Flat feet is a condition that can be easily corrected, or at least diminished, with the right treatment. 

What Are The Treatment Options For Flat Feet? 

Whether you were born with flat feet or your arches fell due to age or other factors, this is not a reversible foot condition. However, when you work with our highly qualified NYC foot doctors, we can help you manage the pain, and even help you achieve optimal foot health. 

Some of the best treatments for flat feet include: 

  • Physical therapy to strengthen your feet and ankles
  • Use of NSAIDs 
  • Wearing a brace or splint
  • Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly 
  • Use of custom orthotics 

Say Goodbye to Foot Pain Thanks To Our Custom Flat Feet Treatment Plans 

The sooner your seek treatment for flat footedness, the easier it will be to address and rectify, and you will be able to avoid the far-reaching effects of this condition. 

To find out more about our telemedicine services and virtual foot clinic, and how our NYC foot doctors can use this platform to help you manage any foot/ankle problems, or plan a future foot surgery, right from the safety of your own home, contact us at 917-398-3668 or book a virtual consultation.

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