Flat feet are not good companions because they don’t have the right bend in their arch and can cause pain. Flat feet can also cause other difficulties due to the far-reaching effects a fallen arch can have on your overall stability.
To help you understand the significance of this condition, you should be aware that flat feet are deformities since the surface area of the sole of the foot almost entirely touches the ground. This is not natural occurrence and usually only appears in infants since the development of their feet is at its beginning stages. Flat feet have variations whereby they are either flexible or rigid. You can even develop a flat foot later in life since there are many factors to its cause, such as a weakened ankle or muscle strength. As you can imagine, if your foot is suffering from the lack of an arch, those activities that place high amounts of stress on your feet may cause increased levels of pain.
What to Do If You Have Flat Feet
Flat feet can be helped through the use of physical therapy. This can help to strengthen other foot muscles and bring relief to flat foot pain.
Foot support devices such as orthotics are also very helpful as they can help to route pressure to the places of your foot that can handle it without further exacerbating your injured arch.
Use shoes that have special padding and that are designed for those with flat feet.
Surgery may be elected for if ligaments require repair and if tendons need intervention to support the arch that won’t respond to other treatments.
Here at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, will be able to provide you with quality and targeted treatment to help get your arches functioning correctly or provide relief from pain associated with flat feet. Please contact us for an appointment as we have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Please review our Patient Education library for more information.