Many people experience pain to the feet due to fallen arches or flat feet. People can experience painful or achy feet in the arches, pain on the bottom of the feet, swelling, and leg and back pain. Often times, standing for hours or not being able to exercise without a considerable amount of pain; or feet that tire easily are symptoms that individuals with flat feet can have. People can be born with flat feet or they can acquire flat feet over time. With constant use of your feet with such careers as military service, people can get stretched or torn tendons. The Posterior tibial tendon is the most significant tendon that can be damaged to cause lack of the middle arch of the foot. Others can have broken bones or develop nerve problems that can cause flat feet.
Some people do not experience any pain with flat feet, but for those who do, there are several treatment options depending on the severity of your condition.
For mild pain and discomfort from flat feet the following can be considered.
- Rest and ice to relieve pain and reduce swelling
- Stretching exercises
- Nonsteroidal Anti- inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Orthotics or Shoe inserts
For more severe pain, surgical intervention may be necessary.
- Fusing foot or ankle bones together (Arthrodesis)
- Removing bones or bony growths
- Cleaning the tendons’ protective coverings (synovectomy)
- Grafting bone to your foot to make the arch rise more naturally (lateral column lengthening)
If you are experiencing pain in the feet due to fallen arches, call to schedule an appointment to get you back on the right foot!