Having fallen arches (also called flat feet) is a common condition that, if left untreated, can lead to a wide variety of other issues including terrible pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back. The condition has even been associated with headaches, so be sure to have your feet evaluated by a foot care professional to get the best orthotics and avoid future problems.
It’s normal for small children to have flexible arches while they are developing, but if the arch doesn’t form properly as the child grows, be sure to have it checked by your podiatrist. People with untreated or poorly treated arch problems are more susceptible to ankle sprains and strains due to the excess stress and pressure that is put on the ankle joint.
Two excellent treatments for fallen arches include the following:
1) Properly-fitted shoes and custom orthotics—Wearing properly-fitted shoes with the help of a computerized gait analysis and using custom orthotic shoe inserts will provide the correct arch and heel support. Custom-made orthotics fit your feet precisely so they are superior to the generic kind.
2) Physical therapy exercises— A variety of strengthening and flexibility exercises will improve the functioning of the muscles and tendons in the arch area and improve arch mechanics.
If you need help treating fallen arches, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas) is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.