Flat Feet Could Care Less About Your Arches
Flat Feet develop when the tendons that connect the foot’s joints loosen and fail to provide the flexibility normally provided. Those tendons that lose their elasticity are generally tight and offer support as the body develops throughout the years. This condition occurs when the arch doesn’t develop correctly or loses its bent shape at an older age. A contributing factor towards the creation of this condition involves the use of narrow and tight fitting shoes. Symptoms include lethargic feet after standing or participating in high intensity activities for extended periods of time.
There are two types of flat feet to be aware of: flexible and rigid. The flexible type is common and causes a weak arch that gives in when weight is placed upon it. The other type, rigid flat foot, provides for an underdeveloped arch that leaves the feet flat at all times.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Wearing shoes that provide the best support possible.
- Medicines to decrease swelling.
- Custom fitted orthotics that reduce inflammation.
- A tailored diet to lose weight to reduce pressure on the feet.
- Surgery that may be needed to fuse the ankle bones or supply tendons from alternate parts of the body to help recreate the effect that the tendons normally located in the foot naturally deliver.
It’s always of importance to note that there could of course be complications with surgery such as deformities or failure of the bones to fuse. These issues are magnified with increased age due to the body’s lowered ability to heal. Moreover, it pays to have this condition treated timely, if possible, to avoid the invasiveness of surgery. We recommend that you contact us to receive quality and timely treatment for your flat feet. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, have the ability and expertise to get your arch back in the right position and to help alleviate the pain caused by this condition. Make an appointment today by calling our office at 504-302-1586!