Flat Feet Q & A
What are flat feet?
You have a long band of connective tissues and structures, including your plantar fascia and posterior tibial tendon, that is designed to support your arch and foot. But if tendons and tissues stretch out and wear down, your arches start to fall, and you develop flat feet. Some of the most common causes of flat feet include:
- Obesity or being overweight
- Overuse, which is common among runners
- Sports injuries
In some cases, flat feet are genetic and something you’re born with though. Because flat feet can cause you to roll your ankle inwards, your entire gait — the way you walk — can change and you can wind up with serious ankle instability.
Do I need treatment for flat feet?
Not always, although because adult-acquired flat feet are progressive and are going to continue to get worse, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Foot Health Center before issues arise. It’s particularly important to have your flat feet evaluated if you:
- Have chronic foot or ankle pain
- Experience foot or ankle swelling or inflammation
- Notice that your ankle rolls inwards with each step
Before flat feet start lowering your quality of life, limiting your workout and training schedule, or affecting your work, get started on your customized treatment plan.
What is the treatment for flat feet?
Your flat feet treatment plan from Foot Health Center is personalized to the severity of your condition and any symptoms you may be experiencing. Treating this chronic condition can involve:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Temporary immobilization with a cast or boot
- Physical therapy
- Shoe modifications
In many cases, custom orthotics that are specifically designed for each of your feet can provide superior support. You can start experiencing relief from chronic foot and ankle pain as soon as you start wearing your orthotics. Custom orthotics are even beneficial if you’re a runner and want to try a noninvasive treatment, so you won’t have any downtime from your training.
If these conservative therapies aren’t providing effective relief, you might be a candidate for flat feet surgery. This minimally invasive procedure involves correcting the cause of your flat feet. For instance, if you have a tendon tear, your dedicated podiatrist Foot Health Center can repair the injury and help you get back to 100%.