Flat Foot Surgery Specialist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD -  - Podiatrist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

When your flat feet cause you pain and make it difficult to get around, it may mean you need surgery to correct the issue. Dr. Allyson B. Fried of the Culver City, Los Angeles, California area has extensive experience in the treatment and surgical correction of flat feet. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call or book it online today.

Flat Foot Surgery Q & A

What are flat feet?

Flat feet are a condition of the tendons and ligaments that make up the arch of your foot. With healthy feet, there is an arch created by the ligament and tendons. When tendons, ligaments, or bones of the feet are deformed or damaged, the arch flattens out. This places too much tension on the structures of the feet, creating further damage and pain.

Being flat-footed is common for children, but usually, the condition is resolved by adulthood. When it is not resolved, it can cause significant pain and altered mobility. Surgery may be required to relieve pain and restore your ability to walk normally.

What causes flat feet?

As part of your consultation with Dr. Fried, she collects a history of your symptoms, performs a physical exam, and takes X-rays. The cause of your flat feet determines the type of treatment that may be most effective.

Causes for flat feet may be:

  • Birth defect
  • Stretched or torn tendons
  • Damaged ankle, heel, or leg tendons
  • Fractured or malformed bones
  • Nerve conditions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

You may also be at a greater risk for having flat feet if you are pregnant, obese, or have diabetes.

How can my flat feet be treated?

Once a cause has been determined, Dr. Fried creates a plan of care that will help resolve your flat feet. Usually, treatment begins with non-surgical options such as:

  • Rest
  • Immobilization
  • Shoe inserts
  • Physical therapy
  • Specialized braces

When these treatments do not resolve the pain or improve mobility, surgery may be indicated. Depending on the cause of your flat feet, surgery may entail:

  • Repair of ligaments and tendons
  • Correction of bone deformities
  • Combination of both

Dr. Fried determines which approach or approaches are best for you.

What does recovery from flat foot surgery entail?

Recovery from flat foot surgery is individualized, and the amount of time it will take to achieve all the goals for your treatment is specific to you.

Recovery usually involves:

  • About 2 weeks in a hard cast
  • About 2-6 weeks in a soft boot
  • About 6 weeks with a brace
  • Frequent physical therapy
  • Follow-up with Dr. Fried

Dr. Fried uses her expansive knowledge in podiatry, surgery, and medicine to determine the best procedure or combination of procedures to give you the best chance of relieving your pain and restoring your mobility.

For your consultation with Dr. Fried, call or book an appointment online today.