Key Insights On Conservative Care For Adult Flatfoot

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Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS, and Aaron Warnock, DPM

Final Words

Formulating a proper non-surgical treatment plan for an adult flatfoot can be challenging although many patients with an adult flatfoot in association with PTTD can have effective treatment with conservative management protocols as we have described above. At first patient contact, the clinician’s goal should be to alleviate or significantly decrease the patient’s pain and discomfort. When this happens, the clinician should institute long-term treatment options to decrease the progression of the deformity and limit future discomfort.

   Dr. DeHeer is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is also a team podiatrist for the Indiana Pacers and the Indiana Fever. Dr. DeHeer is in private practice with various offices in Indianapolis.

   Dr. Warnock graduated in 2013 from the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and is completing a preceptorship with Dr. DeHeer.


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   For further reading, see “A Guide To Conservative Care For Adult Flatfoot” in the January 2011 issue of Podiatry Today or the DPM Blog “Why Conservative Treatment Is The Standard Of Care For Adult-Acquired Flatfoot” at . For an enhanced online experience, check out Podiatry Today on your iPad or Android tablet.

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