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Dealing with flat feet? Here’s what you can do about it.
According to the National Foot Health Assessment, around 18 million US Americans over the age of 21 have flat feet, also known as fallen arches. If you have flat feet you may have a ton of questions about foot care and how to treat the issue. This is where our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, can help.
What causes flat feet?
While we are all born with flat feet, the arches of the foot will develop during the first few years of life. Some children never develop arches. You may simply have been born with flat feet but not even know it until foot pain sets in.
However, flat feet can also develop over time. Flat feet may develop as a result of excessive wear and tear on the feet, certain foot injuries including overuse injuries, as well being overweight or obese.
Do flat feet always need treatment?
Not necessarily. If your flat feet aren’t causing you pain or discomfort then you won’t require treatment. However, it’s important to be aware that flat feet can predispose you to certain problems including:
- Shin splints
- Foot, ankle, knee, heel, hip, and lower back pain
People with flat feet may notice that they overpronate, which means that their feet roll inward when walking, sprinting, or running. Over time, these improper biomechanics can impact how the ankles, legs, hips, and back all function together. This can lead to misalignments in the rest of the body as they try to overcompensate for imbalances within the feet. If your flat feet are causing pain or other problems, it’s best to play it safe and visit our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor for an evaluation.
How are flat feet treated?
If flat feet are causing you pain, there are some simple solutions that we can provide or recommend to help you better manage your symptoms. Some ways to improve flat feet-related pain include:
- Exercises and physical therapy
- Custom orthotics and arch support
- Specialized shoes that provide proper support to the feet
- Wearing an ankle brace
- Resting and avoiding certain exercises or activities
- Using pain relievers to ease sore, tired, and painful feet
If you are tired, sore, and achy due to flat feet, know that our Indianapolis, and Carmel, IN, foot doctor, Dr. Agricola, can help you find ways to ease these flat feet-related issues. Schedule an appointment today at Prestige Podiatry by calling (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070.
What are fallen arches, and could it be the cause of your foot pain?
Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a common problem that you may not even realize you have. Even if you have flat feet, if you aren’t experiencing problems then you probably won’t need treatment; however, if you are experiencing foot, leg or hip pain then you may want to turn to our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola for treatment.
What problems can flat feet cause?
It’s possible that you could have flat feet but not experience any problems. If so, then you won’t need to treat the problem; however, many people with fallen arches will experience tired, achy and painful feet, often around the heels and arches of the foot. Sometimes the soles of the feet may even become swollen.
If problematic flat feet aren’t properly treated and cared for then pain may radiate to the back and legs. If you are experiencing these warning signs of flat feet then it’s time to visit our Carmel and Indianapolis, IN, foot doctor for treatment.
What can a podiatrist do?
When you come into the office, we will examine your feet to determine if flat feet is causing your symptoms. We will also ask you questions about the symptoms you’re experiencing to determine whether additional testing may be required. Every patient has different needs and experiences of different types and severities of symptoms. By understanding how your flat feet are affecting your day-to-day routine and habits we will be able to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. The main goal of flat feet treatment is to help you find effective solutions to help you manage your pain. Some treatment options may include,
- Anti-inflammatory pain relievers
- Stretching and strengthening foot exercises
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Special shoes
Do you find yourself massaging your sore, achy feet every day? If you are having trouble managing your foot pain, then it’s time to call Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry. Call our Carmel, IN, office at (317) 846-4111 or our Indianapolis, IN, office at (317) 881-0070.