(516) 869-3300 Manhasset
(631) 427-3678 Huntington
(516) 544-1731 Great Neck
(718) 639-0499 Maspeth
(516) 681-8866 Plainview

Under normal conditions, the arch of the foot flattens some each time the foot strikes the ground, helping absorb the shock of impact. This action is called pronation. Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arch collapses completely, and the entire sole comes into contact with the ground during weight-bearing activities such as standing, walking or running.   

Overpronation is the most frequent cause of flat feet. Other causes include a tight Achilles tendon or calf muscle, unequal leg lengths, weakness in the hips, fused foot bones, obesity, age and congenital foot abnormalities. Conditions that cause loose ligaments, such as pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis and Marfan's Syndrome, can also lead to flat feet. Shin splints, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, hammertoes and bunions are often a result of flat feet.  

Not everyone needs treatment for their flat feet, but if secondary problems such as foot, leg or hip pain or tendonitis are present, treatment options vary depending on the cause. For flat feet caused by overpronation, your podiatrist may recommend orthotics, arch supports or shoes with a motion control design to control the pronation. If tendonitis or muscle stiffness is involved, stretching exercises and physical therapy may be helpful. Flat feet resulting from developmental or congenital abnormalities can benefit from a lower leg brace fitted with arch support; for children, a series of casts to realign foot and leg bones is another option. Surgical options include bone implants, lengthening of the Achilles tendon or a tendon transfer to control pronation. 

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Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset at the Americana

(631) 427-3678 Huntington NY
(516) 869-3300 Manhasset NY
(516) 544-1731 Great Neck NY
(718) 639-0499 Maspeth NY
(516) 681-8866 Plainview NY

Manhasset, NY Office
Advanced Podiatry
2110 Northern Blvd.
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 869-3300

Huntington, NY Office
Advanced Podiatry
181 Main St.
Huntington, NY 11743
(631) 427-3678

Maspeth, NY  Office
Advanced Podiatry
70-01 Grand Ave
Maspeth, NY 11378
(718) 639-0499

Great Neck, NY Office
Advanced Podiatry
488 Great Neck Rd.
Great Neck, NY 11021
*Moved to Manhasset  

Plainview, NY Office
Advanced Podiatry
875 Old Country Rd
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 681-8866

Rosyn, NY Office
1514 Old Northern Blvd
Rosln, NY 11576
*Moved to Manhasset