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Raising Early Awareness of Flat Feet and Fallen Arches

Working in the physical therapy field, we see many people with challenges to their feet, their legs and hips.

Often, we see people with their hips and alignment which causes lower back pain or other stability issues.   One way to identify if these challenges do exist and there is a structural issue, is to look at the soles of your shoes to see if there is any unusual where present.

There is a slight chance that you might have flat feet.   Now, if you do have flat fee, it is OK as long as you were not having any pain or discomfort associated with that condition.   The one thing to be aware of is if you are noticing your foot flattening more overtime versus when you had a rounded and more normal arch. If this is the case, can you likely need to go see an orthopedist asked and be medically evaluated.

So what is the condition being flat footed really all about?  The bottom of your feet, or the arches of your feet are stabilized and supported by a network of ligaments and tendons. They worked together in harmony to provide your foot with stabilization, support and the right amount of arch.

When your tendons do not do their job, stop working, your arch have a tendency of flattening out. This condition can be painful where you are arch can become torn, stretched or experience inflammation.  This progressive condition is called posterior tibial tendon dysfunction or PTTD.

If you experience any pain in your arches, and have been diagnosed with this condition, it is in your best interest to invest in physical therapy treatment as soon as possible. If you decide to procrastinate and not address it, you will experience more pain and discomfort.

You might be prescribed with some nonsurgical treatments that include adequate amounts of rest and regular sessions of ice therapy.   Further, you might be prescribed nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to assist with the reduction of any pain or present inflammation.

The last component would be a thorough treatment of physical therapy sessions that might include ultrasound to help with adequate rehabilitation, strengthening and stretching exercises in an effort to help reduce any present pain and enhance your structural mobility.

If you have been recommended to take physical therapy sessions for your condition, and live in the Wyckoff area, please consider scheduling your free evaluation with Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation.  We are a Wyckoff physical therapy clinic with over 12 years experience serving our local residents.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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