If flat feet are diagnosed at an early age, chances are good that non-surgical treatment, such as strapping, custom shoe inserts (orthotics), or medication can help the problem.
Taping your feet may help by temporarily maintaining the proper position of your feet.
Custom orthotics can readjust the weight-bearing position of your feet. Soft, semi-flexible, or rigid inserts may be used, depending on your weight and physical activity.
You may be given anti-inflammatory medication to temporarily relieve pain caused by flat feet.
If your flat feet cause chronic pain, surgery may be needed to correct the alignment of the bones in your feet, or to support or reinforce the tendon structures in your feet.
What Can I Do About Flat Feet?
To help ease the pain of flat feet, try the following as part of your daily routine. If you have continuing problems, be sure to see your doctor.
To stretch your soles and tendons, try this:
- Lean on something stationary, with one leg in front of the other and both heels flat.
- Bend the front knee.
- Hold for 10 seconds.
- Bend your back knee, bringing the heel up.
- Hold for 10 seconds
- Do this 5 times with each leg.
Soaking & Massaging
Warm-water soaks or ice massages can help relieve pain. Patients with diabetes or a circulation problem, talk to your doctor first.
Be sure your shoes are supportive and comfortable, with enough space in the toe box for toes to wiggle. Women should wear low-heeled shoes, not pumps.