Flat feet are something that may develop on your feet overtime or perhaps as a complication that has always been with you. The main point, however, is that your arches lose their natural elasticity, causing your foot to hit the ground in a manner that can bring unnatural amounts of pressure to your foot. If the area of your foot that’s supposed to stay out of contact with the ground hits it when you walk due to a flat foot, you can cause damage to various areas of your foot and ankle. Those who run for example may be prone to foot injuries such as tendonitis if their arches don’t provide the support that their feet need. Since flat feet can happen at various stages of age, treatment may vary. Ignoring your flat feet will not bring comfort to you anytime soon.
Treatment for this condition includes:
Try to take part in activities that stretch and work out the muscles in your feet. Physical therapy will be advantageous in supporting the foot's muscles.
Relaxing the foot and using cold therapy can be beneficial with decreasing inflammation.
Orthotics are highly recommended for lowering the amount of pressure placed on your arch.
Wear shoes without heels to help the foot gain balance in conjunction with therapy. Usually, shoes that give steadiness and provide extra control have firm construction. The support that proper shoes can give to your arch will have lasting consequences to ensure that your feet do not suffer significant pain from flat feet.
Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, our team of doctors knows what it takes to provide the level of care necessary to treat your flat feet for long-term results. Please contact us for an appointment as we have eight offices conveniently located in Houston TX (Northwest), Houston TX (Northeast), Tomball, Liberty, The Woodlands, Humble, Livingston, and Cleveland. We understand that every flat foot may require a different level of treatment to treat variable levels of pain and we welcome your visit to begin a new chapter in comfort for your feet!