Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity (AAFD) SURGERY?

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According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society® adult acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD), “is a progressive flattening of the arch of the foot that occurs as the posterior tibial tendon becomes insufficient….”

Adult acquired flatfoot deformity?

Fancy term for a flat foot developed over a lifetime.


For starters, because we live in gravity.

What’s more?

Because we walk on concrete.

And to make it worse, we buy mass-produced footwear with no support or concern other than foot size.

Not nearly enough support for what our arches require over a lifteime.

And so the arch flattens, deformity begins and function goes downhill.

What about shape?!!!

How about the biomechanics of all 26 bones per foot.

26 bones per foot - side view

After all, they do combine to create 33 joints PER FOOT!

Let’s not forget all 26 bones also stack up to create a specific shape best able to resist gravity.

That shape matters – look up!

And now that you’re an adult, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society has a fancy diagnosis for ya.

But it gets better!

So what’s The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society to do?

You’re going to love this!

“When someone develops adult-acquired flatfoot deformity, they are offered either a reconstruction or foot fusion depending on the severity of the flatfoot and their age,” according to the society.

Holy Crap Batman – SURGERY for a flat foot?!

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Here’s good news!

You probably have an arch.

In fact, it’s probably real nice.

Consequently, a reconstruction or foot fusion” would be unnecessary. 

Consider the extensive post operative rehab too, before making such a serious decision.

In contrast, our new patients are literally shocked to see their corrected arch-up shape.

It’s due to HOW we make each foot’s 3-D impression.

Authentic Arch-Up Foot Alignment

That’s what we do and our fancy term for it’s MASS. 

Watch our MASS video here.

Even someone diagnosed with the most serious adult acquired flatfoot deformity deserves a chance to avoid surgery.

Wouldn’t you agree?

Back to that good news…

As a result, NO surgery in many instances!

Imagine how emotional you’d be to see YOUR arch.

Especially after being told surgery was the only option.  

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There is hope for adult acquired flatfoot deformity!

Perhaps surgery isn’t the answer. 

We understand.

There’s a Reason Arizona Orthotics is 5-STAR Google Rated!



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Dr Dave

It turns out HOW your custom foot orthotic is made Actually Matters. Here at Arizona Orthotics We Proudly offer THE ONLY medical-grade, MASS Posture & Precision Calibrated, Custom Foot Orthotic on the market. My Mission 1. Restore HOPE to those suffering with a foot problem they fear may never go away. 2. Optimize Human Performance with a legal advantage - a foundational & biomechanical advantage. 3. Graceful Ageing - I have yet to see someone with bad foot health age gracefully. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate you and hope you find what you're looking for.