Flat feet can be very much like a flat tire on your car. When your tire is out of alignment, it will affect the rest of the car. You may feel uneven and more bumps in the road. Our feet are like the tires on a car. When our feet are out of alignment, it can affect all the joints above them, including our knees, our hips, and our backs.

Many times, patients will seek several alternative treatments for back pain. They will then see me for foot pain. They commonly have pain in their heel or the arch of their foot. After a full biomechanical exam and watching them walk, we will discuss the shape of their foot. We will also discuss how this affects the rest of their body. Most commonly, these patients will have a flat or lower arched foot. Once getting the patient into the proper fitting orthotics to elevate the arch of their foot, they will come in weeks later telling me how all of a sudden their back pain is gone!

Flat Feet Can Cause Many Different Problems…

Flat feet can cause many problems, heel pain being the most common. They cause you to put more strain on the ligament on the bottom of your foot, called your plantar fascia. This can lead to a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is treated with stretching, injections, and orthotics. Flat feet can also put strain on a tendon in your foot called your Posterior Tibial Tendon. Tendinitis can be treated with ice, compression, immobilization, and proper shoe gear as well as orthotics.

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If you have flat feet, you may notice your knees start to turn in or you have something called “knock knee.” In many patients, especially children, this can cause knee pain. Using a supportive pair of orthotics may even help to eliminate this pain!

If you are having foot pain or any questions about your shoes or shoe inserts, call Hollowbrook Foot Specialists today at (845) 298-9074. We are serving the Hudson Valley from Wappingers Falls.

By: Samantha DelRegno D.P.M.


Your Top-Rated & New Favorite Podiatrist In Wappingers Falls, NY

Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

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You will not find a better podiatrist than Dr. Schlam. I have been seeing him for over twenty years and he has been a godsend for my foot pain. If only I could give six stars...

- John M.

john 5 star review

Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

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The best health care experience. The staff and nurses are super friendly and Dr. Schlam is very good. I highly recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists.

- Bob D.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 4pm

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