If flat feet are a genetic abnormality, present since birth, they are unlikely to cause any problems or pain, but if you experience fallen arches later in life, you may find that they are painful or lead to other foot problems.
Fallen arches that are not due to genetic abnormalities can be a result of:
• Torn or stretched tendons in the feet
• Bones that have been broken or dislocated
• Nerve problems
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Damage to the PTT (posterior tibial tendon), which runs through your lower leg and ankle into the arch
What Can I Do About Fallen Arches?
Fallen arches will not need any treatment if they are not causing pain or discomfort, but if you have fallen arches and notice that you are experiencing pain in your feet, legs or back, or have difficulty moving your feet or standing or walking for long periods of time, you should seek medical advice.
Treatment measures may include:
1. Treatment at home. You may find that your pain is related to swelling in the feet, and that a treatment plan involving rest and ice applications may help. It is vital to avoid high impact sports and to be aware that certain activities, such as running on roads, can put a lot of strain on your feet and worsen existing problems.
2. Physical therapy. There are many stretching exercises that may be helpful, and you may find that you are offered physical therapy to help combat the problem. These will focus on strengthening the muscles and ligaments of the feet, and may be very successful in relieving the pain you feel.
3. Changing your footwear. It’s very important to select shoes that suit the shape of your feet and offer you the optimum level of support and shock absorption to prevent further problems developing. You may find that custom inserts are very effective at relieving pain and stress in this area, and visiting a specialist shoe store such as Foot Solutions will allow you to explore these options.
4. Medications. Some people who suffer with fallen arches may be offered steroid injections to reduce inflammation in the area, and these may offer effective pain relief. Your doctor will not usually advise these as a first treatment method, and he or she will discuss potential side effects with you.
5. EPAT therapy. EPAT shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment procedure that involves emitting shock waves through the affected area of soft tissue to stimulate blood flow and encourage natural healing in the body. As this procedure is free from side effects and appears to have very good outcomes for patients, it is increasing in popularity as a good option for treating fallen arches.
Resolve Foot Pain With Comfortable Shoes in Ireland
Wearing the right shoes for your feet will help to keep them in great shape and prevent foot problems from developing. Visit Foot Solutions for professional fitting advice and measuring, and let our experienced staff find the best options for you and your lifestyle.