Fallen arches, or flat feet, are extremely common in young children, but most people develop normal arches by the time they’re adults. Flat feet in adults can be genetic, or acquired through injury, arthritis, or tearing of the tendons. While feet come in all shapes and sizes, and flat feet often cause limited or no pain, they can cause extreme discomfort in certain individuals.
What is a Normal Arch?
A normal arch is formed when the tendons in the foot are properly formed and pulling properly. A good test to see if your arch is normal is to get your feet wet and stand on concrete. If the footprint you leave has a gap corresponding to the arch in your foot, your feet are not flat.
What are the Symptoms of Flat Feet?
Flat feet can have a range of symptoms, including foot and ankle pain or aching, back or leg pain, or difficulty performing motions such as standing on your toes. If you have fallen arches but have no symptoms, there is no need to treat the problem.
What are my Treatment Options?
Treatments vary based on severity of your symptoms. Simple solutions like ice and rest, or stretching exercises, are common. Sometimes shoe inserts can help, as can mild painkillers. If swelling is a problem, injections may help to ease discomfort. In extreme cases, surgery may be the best option. Depending on the cause and severity of your fallen arches, your podiatrist will suggest an option that’s right for you.
If you suffer from fallen arches or other foot pain, you do not need to live with the pain. Treatment from a podiatrist can not only correct the pain in your feet, but can improve your posture and overall health. Contact Dr. Betman to meet with an experienced podiatrist in Chicago. Call us today at 1-866-366-8725!