Flat Feet is a deformity characterized by a collapsing arch that comes into near or complete contact with the ground. Depending upon the extent of the fallen arches, the patient may experience anywhere from minimal to significant pain. This deformity can start at almost any age and can significantly limit the daily routine for the patient, if the deformity is severe. Fallen arches can sometimes result in pain “up the chain” to your knees, hips, and lower back, as a result of the asymmetry that develops.
Some people experience little to no pain; however, many people experience at least one of the following:
Like many foot problems, fallen arches are a progressive problem, meaning they get worse with time and tend to not resolve on their own. If pain persists, podiatric medical attention should be sought. Treatment ranges from very conservative options to surgical procedures, depending on the severity.
As mentioned above, the severity of the condition and pain determines the treatment path. These are just a few of the treatment options.
Rest and ice—Used to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Anti-Inflammatory Medication—Anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections are often prescribed to ease the acute pain and inflammation caused by joint deformities.
Physical Therapy—Often used to provide relief of the inflammation and bunion pain. Ultrasound therapy is a popular technique for treating fallen arches and their associated soft tissue involvement.
Custom-Molded Orthotics—These custom-made shoe inserts are useful in controlling foot function and may reduce symptoms and prevent worsening of the deformity.
Bracing—For more significant deformities, these custom-molded braces can be used to prevent the fallen arch from getting worse and causing more discomfort.
In some instances, surgical intervention is required. Our doctors will evaluate the condition to find the appropriate corrective procedure. These procedures include: