Flat Feet Treatment in Camarillo and Santa Barbara, CA
Defining Flat Feet
Diagnosing Flat Feet
Treating Flat Feet
Orthotic devices such as arch supports are one of the simplest ways of dealing with flat feet. These treatment options help correct issues with your gait or structural problems with your feet themselves so you have extra support when you walk. Keep in mind that ready-made orthotic devices may be convenient, but they rarely help. If you have flat feet, you most likely need custom orthotics or shoe inserts designed specifically to support your unique feet.
Supportive shoes are another noninvasive way of addressing foot problems caused by fallen arches. Most off-the-rack shoes have designs suitable for people with normal feet, though some feature built-in arch support insoles that provide stability for your steps. In some cases, your podiatrist may even recommend specially made shoes to work with other facets of your flat feet treatment plan and hopefully help reduce foot pain.
Exercise techniques such as stretching used in physical therapy may help some with flat feet find relief with nonsurgical treatment. Physical therapists often use simple foot stretching exercises to handle overpronation, including short foot stretches, calf stretches, heel raises, and toe yoga. Each of these techniques helps your feet bounce back from overuse while providing additional benefits for the lower legs and lower back, which can help alleviate knee pain and back pain.
Treating with Painkillers
Over-the-counter painkillers can help with foot pain caused by flat feet. Even if you have flexible flat feet, the condition may lead to issues with damaged ligaments or soft tissues, strained Achilles tendons, rheumatoid arthritis, and plantar fasciitis. Doctors and podiatrists typically recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen if you need some help dealing with flat foot pain.
Corrective surgery is the last resort in dealing with flat foot problems. Most doctors and podiatrists typically avoid corrective foot surgery as long as possible, hoping less invasive measures will help alleviate the symptoms of flat feet so that extraordinary reconstructive surgery isn’t required.
If you need treatment for flat feet or other foot or ankle issues in Camarillo or Santa Barbara, CA, Align Foot & Ankle Center can help with treatment options that work best for you and your lifestyle. Make an appointment today to learn more about how we can help.
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