Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can happen for a variety of reasons. You might have flat feet because of:
Sometimes. However, some patients who have flat feet don’t have any problems and don’t require treatment. If your flat feet are bothering you, it’s possible to also experience:
Before heading in for your appointment with Dr. Bell, make a note of your symptoms. Write down what time of day they occur, and what (if anything) improves your issues. This helps Dr. Bell find a solution that works well for your fallen arches.
Yes. Treatments for flat feet often start with allowing your feet to heal. This can include rest, ice, and elevation, in addition to getting medications injected or taking pain relief medications — if suggested by Dr. Bell. During your appointment, Dr. Bell teaches you exercises that are designed to stretch and strengthen your feet. This might involve working with a physical therapist, too.
Aside from exercises, sometimes flat feet can be corrected by wearing orthotics. You shouldn’t start wearing over-the-counter inserts though — sometimes these one-size-fits-all orthotics make things worse. Instead, Dr. Bell can design custom orthotics, which are tailored to support your feet and your feet only.
Possibly, but only in severe cases. Dr. Bell might need to perform surgery if you have a torn or severely damaged tendon that needs to be repaired. You may also be a candidate for surgery if you have problems with bones in your midfoot that need to be corrected, have bones fused together, or have your bones grafted to form an arch. Usually though, Dr. Bell tries nonsurgical treatment options before suggesting surgery to fix flat feet.
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