Flat Feet Treatment
Flat feet are a common condition of the foot structure. Many people with flat feet do not experience pain or other problems. When pain in the foot, ankle, or lower leg does occur, especially in children, the feet should be evaluated. A regular flat feet treatment, exam or care are the keys to keep your feet in good healthy condition and in good stability.
What are flat feet?
Flat feet are caused by an undeveloped arch of the foot. While infants and toddlers lack arches in their feet, the structure continues to develop through adolescence and is fully formed by adulthood.
Those with flat feet, or over-pronation, lack the development of arches and their ankles cave inward. Flat feet are generally associated with pronation, a leaning inward of the ankle bones toward the center line. Shoes of children who pronate, when placed side by side, will lean toward each other (after they have been worn long enough for the foot position to remodel their shape).
While most people with flat feet have little to no issues with it throughout their lives, some may develop what is called a painful progressive flatfoot. This happens when the tendon becomes inflamed, stretched, or torn. If left untreated, it can cause chronic or debilitating lifelong pain.
What are flat feet treatment and care?
Early treatment is important to tp prevent chronic problems. Treatments for painful progressive flatfoot include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NAIM)
- Physical therapy
- Supportive taping
Note: Please consult your foot doctor or physician before taking any medications. In some cases, surgery may need to be performed to repair a torn or damaged tendon and restore normal function. In the most severe cases, surgery on the midfoot bones may be necessary to treat the associated flatfoot condition.
For more information on flat feet treatment and care, or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Scottsdale office today at (480) 247-8443!