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

discomfort.

Diagnosis

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
  • Rest
  • 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.

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Dr. Fui Dawson

Podiatrist in Marietta, GA, Dr. Fui Dawson, is a Harvard trained Foot & Ankle Specialist treating patients in Marietta, GA and in the surrounding communities. Our clinic, Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute of Georgia, offers treatment for all foot and ankle conditions.