Don’t know which arch support at the pharmacy is going to relieve your flat foot pain? The answer is, it could be none of them. You may have flat feet, but that’s no guarantee it’s what’s causing your pain—and you could spend hundreds on over-the-counter cures before you find a solution that works.
On the other hand, our Media podiatrists can get you back on your feet in no time with our whole-body approach to foot pain. Our foot and ankle doctors offer many flat foot treatments, including:
- Counseling and diagnosis. Many people who believe their foot pain is caused by flat feet will discover they are suffering from an entirely separate condition. Your podiatrist will tell you exactly what is causing you pain and what kinds of shoes will be best to ease the pressure on your feet as they heal.
- Customized orthotics. If you haven’t gotten any relief from over-the-counter arch supports, you may be surprised to know that your podiatrist can make a custom shoe insert using a mold of your foot. These orthotic devices can greatly reduce your suffering as you walk or stand.
- Physical therapy. Your doctor can recommend and demonstrate stretching exercises that will ease the pain along the bottoms of your feet. If you have a shortened Achilles tendon, stretching the ligaments will make your feet more flexible, which in turn takes pressure off your knees and back.
- Surgery. If non-surgical treatments do not relieve your suffering, your doctor may recommend or perform surgery. This is usually reserved for other underlying conditions, such as a torn ligament or ruptured tendon, rather than correcting the flatness of the foot.
At HealthMark Foot & Ankle Associates, we know there are just as many causes of flat feet as there are ways to treat them. Call usfor your first consultation today in Media at 610-565-3668 or in Phoenixville at 610-933-8644.