Flat feet happen when the arches of your feet collapse or are loose and produce daily discomfort. A flat foot presents itself at any age. Arches are known to become less stable over time and the tendons in your ankle suffer as a result. The arch of your foot will start to lose its strength which can have a harmful effect on your stability. Those situations causing a higher probability of developing flat feet include diabetes or severe injuries that impact the arches of your feet.
Alleviate flat foot pain by trying these techniques:
Stretch and participate in physical therapy as much as possible to reduce the pain of arthritis.
Use foot support devices such as orthotics to support and raise the arch by aligning the foot’s structures into a more suitable location. It is this structural support that reduces the amount of muscular pain.
Try to walk barefoot because it will help the muscles of the foot become more active and grow sturdier. By allowing the tendons in your feet to grow stronger, you will help offset the pain of your flat feet.
Surgery may be required for flat feet depending on age. The severity of the pain will determine the type of procedure to occur. This may include using an implant to help support the bones of your feet. Often though, surgery will include tendon transfers to provide for realignment. Joint fusions are on the extreme end of the type of surgery used.
Our practice, the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can provide you with quality treatment so that your flat foot condition can be handled with care and speed. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, has the requisite years of experience to provide you with lasting pain relief from the plight of flat feet. We have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Please call our office at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or use our convenient online appointment request form to schedule a visit. Look over our Patient Education section to learn much more about what you can do now and in the long-term to extend the health of your feet and ankles.