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Flatfeet Treatment

Flatfeet, or fallen arches, is a condition where the foot’s arch loses its normal contour and becomes flattened. This condition is often hereditary but certain factors can exacerbate or cause fallen arches. This can can cause persistent pain along the bottom of the foot. With fallen arches, it can often be difficult to find shoes that fit comfortably. Without treatment, fallen arches can lead to further pain to the feet and legs.

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Renova offers treatments for fallen arches that will prevent further complications. You don’t have to continue feeling the pain of fallen arches. Call us today to discover treatment options that can help.

FAQ: Flatfeet

What causes my feet to have low arches?

Many people have flatfeet from birth and never experience proper development in their arches. In other cases, certain factors can exacerbate or cause fallen arches. Previous injury, such as dislocated or broken bones, nerve damage, or tendon tears in the feet can cause the feet to flatten. Factors like obesity, diabetes, pregnancy, and aging can also increase stress on the feet, leading to fallen arches.

When should I seek treatment for flatfeet?

Flatfeet is a common condition, often causing no pain and requiring no treatment. However, if you experience frequent foot pain in your arches, it is possible that fallen arches are the cause. If you experience frequent pain in your arches while walking, running, or standing, it is best to seek medical treatment in order to prevent injury or the development of other chronic foot conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis.

What can I do to prevent pain and injury from flatfeet?

Our feet are designed to flatten slightly whenever we take a step. This process, known as pronation, helps maintain flexibility and allows the feet to absorb shock. However, flat feet tend to overpronate, resulting in excess stress to the knees and shins. In order to prevent pain and injury from overpronation, find shoes that offer lots of support and structure. Lining your shoe with an arch support can also help.

Should I be worried if my child has low arches?

It is common for children to have flatfeet. Most children only begin to develop pronounced arches between the ages of 7 and 10. It is estimated that 15-25% of people do not develop full arches into adulthood. Therefore, it is best to simply keep an eye on how your child’s feet are developing and to let your doctor know if your child complains of foot pain.

Can flatfeet be corrected by a doctor?

Many treatment options are available for fallen arches, including physical therapy, injections of anti-inflammatory medication, and/or orthotic shoes or inserts. In rare cases, surgery may be required to treat severe arch damage.

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