Mercy's Dr. Patrick Maloney Discusses Raised and Fallen Arches
Feet tire easily, but when it comes to ongoing pain or discomfort, it's time to see a doctor.
According to Dr. Patrick Maloney of The Institute for Foot & Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy, oftentimes, it's a common problem of fallen arches or flat feet. It can be hereditary, but it can also happen over time when the arch in a foot can drop from a stretched or worn tendon.
Taking care of it sooner rather than later is important, and an X-ray at the doctor's office can offer many answers.
"The biggest thing is to come in and get evaluated. A lot of times, people will do treatment or self-diagnosis, but the key is to understand what the problem is, and then we figure out the solution and the treatment," Dr. Maloney said.
Treatment for flat feet and fallen arches depends on the severity and cause of the problem. Physical therapy is an option, and many people find relief in orthotic devices or shoe modifications.
View Mercy foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Patrick Maloney’s interview about raised and fallen arches.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.