Here are some simple solutions for managing flat feet pain.
While flat feet are normal in babies and toddlers, most children develop arches in their feet around the age of six; however, a surprisingly large part of the adult population never develops arches. This condition is known as flat feet, and about 30 percent of people have it. If flat feet are responsible for your sore, achy peds, our Phoenix, AZ, and Glendale, AZ, podiatrist Dr. Michael Dershowitz can offer ways to combat that pain and discomfort.
Do I need to treat my flat feet?
If your flat feet aren’t causing you any issues then you won’t need to seek treatment for it; however, many people with flat feet will at some point deal with sore, achy heel or arch pain that may get worse when walking or exercising. Sometimes swelling may even occur.
If you are dealing with persistent foot pain that gets worse during activity, it’s a good idea to see your Phoenix, AZ, and Glendale, AZ foot doctor to find out if your pain could be due to flat feet. The sooner you can find out what’s causing your foot pain the sooner you can find relief.
How are flat feet treated?
There are several simple ways in which Dr. Dershowitz can treat your flat feet. One simple solution is by creating custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, that are made specifically for your feet to provide ample arch support while standing and walking. Even if you aren’t dealing with symptoms associated with your flat feet, custom orthotics could be a way to prevent foot pain in the future.
If you are an athlete or runner who is prone to overuse injuries due to flat feet, our podiatrist may recommend physical therapy. A physical therapist can show you techniques and ways to improve your current form to prevent arch pain and swelling associated with flat feet.
For particularly flat feet, where conservative treatments have been unsuccessful in eliminating symptoms of the foot, ankle, knee, and low back, there are minimally invasive techniques now available to correct the cause of the problem and create an arch.
If you are dealing with sore, swollen feet as a result of flat feet our Phoenix, AZ, and Glendale, AZ, podiatry team can help you find relief Call Southwest Foot Institute at (602) 340-8686 to learn more.