To manage the discomfort that may come with being flat-footed, we recommend that your practice exercises to help ease your pain. Heel cord stretches are a great way to stretch your achilles tendon and help loosen up calf muscles that are often strained due to flat feet. Placing a golf ball under your foot and rolling it back and forth while seated is another great stretch, especially for those living with plantar fasciitis.
Treating Your Fallen Arches
When it comes to treating fallen arches, it’s suggested you get plenty of rest. Frequently ice the affected area to help reduce swelling. Performing daily stretches are a great way to loosen up your muscles and relieve strain. It may also be beneficial to look into orthotics or shoe inserts to help relieve the pain.
Sometimes, despite aggressive conservative therapy, pain from fallen arches just doesn’t improve. In these cases after a patient has reached skeletal maturity a variety of arch and positional reconstructive procedures can be used to fix the deformity once and for all. These procedures range from the minimally invasive, such as Arthroeireisis implants, which allows weight-bearing almost immediately after implantation to the invasive, such as Evans wedge osteotomy, Calcaneal slide, or Opening Cotton wedge osteotomy, which will require several weeks of immobilization to heal.
If you’d like more information on how to treat discomfort you’re feeling because of flat feet, contact our office to schedule a consult for the best treatment options for your case.