Flat feet are a common condition in which the entire arch on the inside of each foot is flattened, causing the entire inside of each foot to touch the floor. There are a few possible causes of flat feet. Flat feet can occur when arches don’t develop during childhood, can develop due to wear and tear, stresses of age, or can be caused by an injury. The condition can cause problems in the ankles and knees. This is because the condition can cause the ankles to turn inward, which throws off the alignment of the legs. This causes an imbalance which can make walking, running, or even standing uncomfortable. Common complaints that our South Valley Stream foot doctor hears from patients regarding foot pain, heel pain, shin pain, knee pain and lower back pain are caused by poor foot function.
An orthotic is a device designed to restore your natural foot function. Foot orthotics are shoe inserts that are placed inside a person’s shoe or sneaker. They realign the ankle and foot bones to their correct (neutral) position, which restores the natural foot function. Consequently, they alleviate problems in other parts of the body. Shoe inserts (foot orthotics) make walking, running, and standing for people with flat feet much more comfortable. While getting foot orthotics at the local pharmacy is simple, this may not be a good solution for you. If you haven’t been evaluated by a podiatrist you won’t know what you’re dealing with until you do so. You may or may not require something other than shoe inserts to correct your problem. If you’re having foot pain or are experiencing any of symptoms, we highly recommend that you make an appointment to see our South Valley Stream foot doctor, Gary B. Feldman, DPM for a full, thorough examination. Dr. Feldman will be able to determine if you have flat feet or if you have another condition. He will also let you know if you can purchase orthotics at the store or if you require custom made orthotics.
If you’re looking for a highly qualified, caring podiatrist in the Valley Stream area, you’re in the right place. Our South Valley Stream foot doctor, Gary B. Feldman, DPM has been providing outstanding foot care to our community for the past 30 years. Dr. Feldman is a highly trained professional who truly dedicated to providing the best care to our patients. We offer a full array of services including: orthotics, ingrown nails, and fungal infections, diabetic foot care, bunions, hammertoes, corns & calluses, laser surgery for fungus nails, and hypnosis for pain, including neuropathy. We even offer house calls! We encourage you to call our office to schedule an appointment or with any questions you may have. One of our knowledgeable, friendly staff members would be happy to assist you.