How Do You Treat Flat Feet?
If flat feet are causing pain or discomfort, these issues can often be addressed via conservative treatments.
The specific forms of treatment recommended will largely depend on the causes and severity of the condition. Custom-made orthotic devices worn in the shoes, can help support arches and prevent overpronation, often helping to relieve pain.
If the problem stems from the posterior tibial tendon, orthotics may help this condition by taking extra pressure off it. An ankle brace may also be effective in this case.
Icing, supportive taping, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are general conservative treatments recommended for pain and swelling. Physical therapy can also be recommended to help stretch and strengthen the soft tissues that are at higher risk of strain.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary to provide relief when conservative methods fail to do so. If surgery is a consideration, we will be sure to discuss all of the potential options with you.
In the case of flexible flatfoot in young children there may not be a need for treatment if there is no pain or discomfort, but we still recommend a periodic examination of your child’s feet, so we can monitor their growth and development, though.
Don’t let complications from flat feet keep you from the ups and downs of life. If you have questions about flatfoot or need to schedule an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists regarding pain or discomfort, contact our Nashua or Portsmouth offices by calling (603) 431-6070.