Flat feet occur as the arch loses its flexible nature. The arch of the foot fails and the entire surface area of the foot hits the ground. It may not cause much pain, but it usually occurs in young children although others can develop it later in life as well due to a hereditary condition. Nevertheless, most people outgrow their flat feet.
Symptoms that you have flat feet can be seen in sluggish feet after standing or taking part in sporting activities for long periods of time. Flexible and rigid flat feet are the two most common types that people can get. Flexible feet have semi-formed arches that can give in from time to time and rigid flat feet have significantly weak arches that are constantly underdeveloped.
What you can do to counteract the effects of flat feet:
- Use shoes that have a great amount of support.
- Use medications to reduce inflammation.
- Wear orthotics to mimic the arch that is non-existent. This can be very beneficial to those with frequent pain caused by their flat feet.
- Participate in physical therapy to reduce strain and to help strengthen the foot’s muscles to counteract the effects of flat feet. This can also help to fix abnormal positions of the feet.
- Losing weight can help with lowering pressure placed on the arches of the foot.
- Surgery may be necessary when the above methods are not successful. It may be used to repair ankle bones or to create support for the foot that the arches would have naturally provided.
Here at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to work with the particular degree of flat feet you may be experiencing in an efficient and lasting manner! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to get your arch back in place.