The unmistakable fact that our feet form the foundation for the remainder of our body is particularly true when we are talking about the ramifications of having untreated flat feet. If your feet are not properly supported and aligned, the effects can cause alterations to the way you walk that can travel to your knees, hips, and back. You can even get headaches from having flat feet, so be sure to see your foot doctor to avoid these complications.
What causes fallen arches?
It is common for toddlers to have flat feet because their arches are not fully developed and the arch area of the foot is still very flexible. The arches will most often become more pronounced and solid as the child gets older and begins walking. You should always have your child’s feet checked by your foot doctor during early development to make sure things are progressing normally.
Other factors that can cause arches to fall include the loosening and weakening of muscles, tendons and ligaments that occur with age. Injuries such as ankle sprains or stress fractures may also contribute to arch problems.
Treatments for flat feet include the following:
- Properly-fitted shoes with the correct arch support—Have your foot type determined by your podiatrist and make sure you use the right arch and heel supports. Custom-made orthotic inserts that fit the exact contour of your foot are the most effective.
- Strength and flexibility therapy— A wide variety of strengthening and flexibility exercises is an excellent way to help stretch and strengthen your feet and ankles.
If you suspect that you are experiencing problems with fallen arches, your podiatrist can provide the best care. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.