How Can You Treat Flat Feet?

How Can You Treat Flat Feet?

Have you noticed that the entire soles of your feet touch the ground when you walk? Do you also deal with pain in your feet, knees, and lower legs? If this is the case, you are likely dealing with the condition known as flat feet. While sometimes, treatment is not needed for this, other people find that working with our team at Cherrywood Foot Care is hugely beneficial. To learn more about how we can help, consider scheduling an appointment with our team.

What Are Flat Feet? 

The condition known as flat feet is precisely what the name suggests. As children, we are all born with flat feet, and arches begin to develop over time. However, some people never develop these arches. Additionally, some who did develop them will find their feet start to flatten over time. Although there are times where no negatives come from this occurrence, others will be faced with the below symptoms:

  • Swelling.
  • Difficulty walking.
  • Pain that is typically greatest in the heel.

Risk Factors

Many different reasons could bring about the development of flat feet. As previously stated, some people’s arches never develop, while others find their feet begin to flatten over time. However, there are several risk factors to be aware of. Being knowledgeable in this area will allow you to seek treatment right away when you suspect flat feet have occurred. Examples of these risk factors include:

  • Aging.
  • Diabetes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Obesity.
  • Previous foot injuries.

Treatment Options

In some cases, patients with flat feet will not need medical intervention, as no symptoms develop. However, when pain and limited mobility begin to occur, you shouldn’t wait to visit our podiatrist. Once your appointment has been made, a treatment plan that includes the following can be created for your benefit:

  • Wearing custom orthotics to take the pressure off your feet.
  • Therapeutic stretches to loosen tightened tendons.
  • Prescribing pain medication.
  • Starting a weight loss plan to lighten the load placed on your feet.
  • In extreme cases, surgery.

Contact Us

At Cherrywood Foot Care, our primary objective is to keep you on your feet, no matter the problem. If you find that flat feet are impeding your life quality, don’t hesitate to seek treatment. To schedule your first appointment, contact our team today.