How to Treat Flat Feet


Having improperly-treated flat feet can cause alterations to the way you walk (gait mechanics). These changes can have radiating complications to your knees, hips, and back due to the misalignment that starts in your arches. Headaches can even be correlated to having flat feet! Be sure to see your podiatrist for treatment to help avoid these potential outcomes. Custom made orthotic inserts can provide immediate relief for arch related problems.

It is common for young children to have flexible arches during development. But, as the child gets older, the arches will usually become more rigid and normal looking. It’s important to have regular visits with your foot doctor to make sure your child’s feet are progressing properly.

Arches can fall for a variety of reasons, including the loosening and weakening of muscles, tendons and ligaments that occur as we age. Ankle and foot injuries such as sprains or stress fractures can also contribute to arch problems.

Some of the treatments for flat feet include the following:

1)    Proper shoes with the necessary arch support—You can have your foot type determined by your podiatrist using computerized gait analysis. This will indicate any tendencies to overpronation. Custom orthotic inserts and arch supports can be used to shift the foot into the proper position.

2)    Physical therapy exercises— Strengthening and flexibility exercises are an excellent way to help stretch and strengthen your arches.

If you are experiencing problems with flat feet, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. CallAchilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located inMartins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. With access to advanced technologies,Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his staff can help you manage all of your foot and ankle conditions including heel pain, ankle sprains, toe deformities, fungal toenails, and plantar warts. Call740-633-4188 or make anappointment online today.