Flat feet is a very self-explanatory term. If you suffer from flat feet, or pes planus, your feet press flat to the floor while standing or walking. It’s very common and is also treatable. Your chiropodist can offer information and treatment options, including custom-made orthotics, shoes, stretches and exercises.
What causes flat feet?
Flat feet can be caused by genetics and have hereditary structural defects, especially in the small bones of the feet. Most children have flat feet until about the age of 6, and then their arch will begin to develop. Sometimes as you age, your arches may fall due to weakened ligaments causing pes planus, flat feet, in adulthood. Rapid weight gain, neurological ailments, or muscular ailments commonly cause this.
While pes planus, flat feet, is an issue all on its own, it also causes an array of other problems due to the incorrect biomechanics of your foot. Here at Werkman, Boven & Associates, we provide treatment options for both the root cause and the side effects.
Prescription, custom-made orthotics: to correct the structural foot problems causing pain and other associated issues such as corns or calluses.
Ice: to treat plantar fasciitis that may develop, icing and anti-inflammatories are good options to reduce pain and swelling
Taping: again, to treat plantar fasciitis, low dye strapping or taping will relieve stress on the fascia.
Routine foot care: to treat corns or calluses that may form from improper biomechanics
Footwear advice: select the best shoe to support your foot type.
Stretching: to alleviate pain associated with flat feet and to strengthen your foot muscles