MidAmerica Orthopaedics Blog

What is Flat Foot (Pes Planus) exactly?

You’ve probably seen the post: different foot shapes can reveal your personality type ? While we can’t prove this to be true from a medical standpoint, we can affirm that different foot structures can reveal why you are in pain. Flat foot is one type of foot structure that often causes discomfort or pain, especially during rigorous exercise. In this blog, we’ll discuss what causes flat foot, when you should consult a physician and some potential treatment options for those who suffer.

Q&A: Meet, Dr. Amit M. Patel, our newest Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist

Amit M. Patel, MD

Q: Was there a moment in your life that you remember thinking, “I want to be a doctor?”

A: At the at the end of my first year in college, I had the opportunity to do research at Loyola University Medical Center. This is where I first became exposed to medicine. There, I had the opportunity to see heart bypass surgeries and also see the patients after surgery with my mentor. I was fascinated with how smoothly my mentor was able to execute the intricate steps of each surgery and how everyone worked as a team together in the operating room. After the surgery, patients truly had a better lifestyle and were grateful to the entire team. Being able to make such a big difference in someone’s life is what attracted me to medicine. It's truly a unique experience to guide a patient from their initial diagnosis, to surgery to full recovery.

All About Kyphosis

Kyphosis is a spinal disorder in which an excessively curved spine results in an abnormal rounding of the upper back. A normal spine, when viewed from the side, is not a straight line. The thoracic portion of the spine has a normal forward curvature with a range of 20 to 50 degrees. The forward curvature of the spine is matched by reverse curvatures (called “sway”) in the neck (cervical spine) and lower back (lumbar spine), and this combination of forward and reverse curves allows people to sit and stand. The term “kyphosis,” drawn from the Greek term “kyphos” meaning “hump”, most commonly refers to excess curvature - greater than 50 degrees - of the upper back. Kyphosis can be identified in those with a noticeable, stooped-forward posture.