Adult flatfoot deformity, also known as posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, is a flattening of the
arch. This flattening occurs over time as the posterior tibial tendon begins to fail. Flatfoot
deformity is often progressive, becoming worse as the posterior tibial tendon experiences
cumulative wear and tear. Our Atlanta podiatrist has extensive experience treating all conditions
of the foot and ankle, including flatfoot deformity.
Symptoms of adult flatfoot deformity
The most common symptom is pain or discomfort around the ankle. If you are experiencing pain
it is important to consult with a professional. Progression of flatfoot deformity can lead to
improper heel alignment, deformity of the ankle joint and even the development of arthritis. Our
Atlanta podiatrist is uniquely qualified to diagnose flatfoot deformity and recommend a
treatment plan to slow or stop the progression of flatfoot deformity as well as ease related
We are trained to recognize and treat problems of the foot and ankle. To ensure an accurate
diagnosis, our Atlanta podiatrist will perform a physical exam of both feet taking note of your
walking pattern, range of motion and location of any pain. Imaging may also be required. We use
the latest technology available for your convenience and peace of mind. It is easy to schedule a
comprehensive exam so that our podiatrist can determine the extent of the deformity and the best
course of action.
Treatment Options for adult flatfoot deformity
Treatment plans are individualized based on your functional goals, the extent of the deformity
and level of discomfort. It is vitally important to discuss the specifics of how flatfoot deformity
impacts your activities of daily living and your wishes for restoration of function. In every case,
we will do our best to prescribe a treatment plan that supports your functional goals as much as
possible. Some options include:
- Custom made arch supports
- Physical therapy to strengthen the ligaments and tendons of the foot
- Immobilization using a boot
- Ankle braces
Sometimes, surgery can help. Options will vary depending on the severity of the deformity.
Surgical options include:
- Lengthening of the ligaments
- Bone realignment, and
- Tendon transfers
If you have a painful flatfoot condition our Atlanta podiatrist is uniquely qualified to diagnose
and treat the problem. Don’t wait. Call for your consultation today. Early treatment can slow or
stop the progression of painful flatfoot deformity. Let us use our expertise to help you maintain
or restore the highest level of function possible.
Visiting a podiatrist in Marietta is your best course of action, so don’t wait long; contact us now.