Problems Flat Feet Can Cause
To start, we need to note that it’s possible to have flat feet and not experience any pain or difficulties. When this is the case, there is simply no immediate need for intervention.
Why would that be? Well, some people have what is considered to be “flexible” flat foot. This can still potentially cause difficulty, but it’s not as likely as it is with “rigid” flat foot.
In the case of rigid flat foot, the problem has existed for some time and arthritis may even have started to set in for the joints connected to the arches.
Either way, there are times when low arches cause and contribute to issues such as foot pain, swelling, and overpronation.
Pronation is a natural biomechanical process you use every time you step – one that is directly connected to your foot arch. This makes sense because it’s part of the arches’ intended function.
A certain degree of pronation is normal. When your feet rotate excessively, though, it causes your legs, hips, and back to line up and function in an unnatural fashion. More specifically, connective tissues can pull at abnormal angles. As a result, you may experience pain in those areas, along with an increased risk for developing ankle and knee issues.
Let’s Talk About Flat Feet Treatment
As we look at the possible treatment options for flat foot, it is best to start out by noting again that feet with low arches simply do not require care if there are no painful symptoms.
In cases like these, it is wise to monitor the condition, especially when beginning new activities and exercises, or ramping up the intensity of existing ones. If issues arise, we can provide the care you need.
You may be relieved to find that when treatment is needed for flat foot, conservative care is often quite successful and surgery is only needed in rare cases.
Some of the nonsurgical treatment options we may prescribe or recommend include:
- Supportive shoes. If your choices in footwear is leading to issues, we will likely recommend switching out your footwear for models that are structured to provide greater arch support and restrict excessive motion. This can be particularly beneficial for runners.
- Orthotic devices or arch supports. Depending on the severity of the condition and symptoms, it is possible that over-the-counter arch supports may provide relief, but we may also recommend custom orthotic devices that work better with your unique feet.
- Stretching exercises. It is common that individuals who have flat feet also have shortened Achilles tendons, which means an increased risk of developing tendonitis. This can also lead to heel pain if the Achilles pulls on the calcaneus (heel bone). Stretches can help keep the tendon limber and reduce injury risk.
There are instances where flat foot issues are not resolved through conservative methods, but these tend to be rare.
If surgical intervention is recommended, you can take comfort knowing that we’ve been able to help other patients in the same situation.
Find Relief from Your Flat Foot Pain Today!
Although this isn’t always the case, flat feet can be a real problem for many people. Unfortunately, it’s not one that will go away on its own over time. We do have some good news, however:
You don’t have to live with flat foot pain!
Instead, give us a call at (317) 545-0505 and one of our team members will be happy to answer any questions or help set up your appointment.