As babies, we normally have what appear to be flat feet. This is mainly just in appearance as the majority of ‘bones’ are just cartilage framework and there is a fair amount of fat deposits. As we learn to walk and our bodies develop, an arch develops as well as a normal heel to toe walking style. There are many individuals who never develop the arch and experience foot pain at a young age. In other cases, a lifetime of poor foot mechanics can cause collapse of the arch. Let’s talk about the bones, ligaments and tendons that are affected when the foot lacks an arch.
At the top of a foot’s arch is the navicular bone. It has a crescent like shape that allows it to connect the joints of the bones on either side. The talus, also rests on top of the heel bone (calcaneus) and provides a lot of motion in your foot. All these bones are held together by ligamentous attachment. One particular ligament, the ‘spring ligament’, holds the top of the arch to the bones of your hindfoot. Additionally the anterior, posterior, and lateral muscle groups provide antagonistic tension to support the arch.
When pain or weakness in a muscle group or boney deformity creates instability in any part of this structure, an arch can collapse or fail to form. This can become increasingly painful condition and limit activity when the bones become misaligned. When this occurs the mechanics of the tendons are altered and will exaggerate the problem. Your Austin podiatrist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists has an excellent solution to the malady. For the flexible deformity, HyProCure is a relatively, quick and easy solution. This procedure places your bones back in the proper alignment and allows you ligaments and tendons to function properly and pain free. While the procedure itself requires only a small incision to place the device, there will be a 4-6 week period of healing while the soft tissues return to their proper alignment. Keep in mind that while many flexible conditions can be treated successfully. Rigid deformities, typically occur when ignoring a flexible problem for too long, do not respond to this treatment. Call our office today to find out if this is the treatment for you!