Relief From Flat Feet
The treatment for flat feet is dependent on the severity of the condition and underlying cause. In many cases, the symptoms of flat feet can be controlled effectively with conservative care. Your podiatrist may suggest one or more of the following:
- Pain medications
- Regular stretching exercises
- Ice and compression to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing appropriate shoes that support and stabilize the arches
- Physical therapy
- Using supportive insoles to stabilize the arch and heel area
Wearing the right shoes, and possibly over-the-counter insoles, can be tremendously beneficial in alleviating and preventing pain and discomfort. In addition, taking proper care of the feet and following a consistent home exercise regimen, prescribed by your doctor or physical therapist, can be very effective in prevention and management of the symptoms.
A physical therapist or doctor can also suggest suitable stretches to prepare the feet before an intensive activity. It is similarly important to effectively treat or limit conditions that can aggravate fallen arches, such as diabetes or obesity. Avoiding high-impact sports and strenuous activities might be beneficial in some cases.
If over-the-counter insoles are not effective in improving the symptoms of flat feet, custom orthotic devices or braces can possibly provide adequate support to the arch area. In some cases, where the damage or pain is severe, a doctor may recommend a suitable surgical procedure to improve foot support and bone stability in the area.