If your flat feet are causing you pain find out what you can do to manage your symptoms.
Did you know that all babies are born with flat feet? Of course, as the child grows the arches of the feet start to develop. However, there are some people whose arches never do develop. While this isn’t always an issue, sometimes people can experience pain and discomfort as a result. If you are one of them, find out what our Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ podiatrist, Dr. William Sachs, recommends you do to treat your flat feet symptoms.
If you have flat feet, this isn’t something that will go away. If you don’t seek treatment your knees and ankles may also experience strain. How? Since there are tendons and ligaments that connect the feet to your hips and knees, if these parts become strained this can lead to joint issues.
Someone who has just been ignoring their flat feet may end up experiencing more serious alignment issues that affect everything from their ankles to their hips. Continuous strain placed on these tendons and ligaments can lead to heel spurs, foot pain, lower back problems and even arthritis.
How do I treat my flat feet?
The first course of action always includes more conservative, nonsurgical approaches to managing your symptoms. Here are some easier ways to handle flat feet:
- Choose supportive shoes that provide enough arch support and also provide stability for the heel. If you are unsure about which type of shoes would be best it’s a good idea to go to a specialty shoe store and talk to a professional about your options.
- Wear orthotics (also referred to as shoe inserts) to help take pressure off the arches of the feet and to redistribute the weight equally. Orthotics can also be a great way to realign your ankle. While you can buy orthotics over-the-counter, to have ones that really truly cater to your feet and needs, talk to our Shrewsbury and Toms River foot doctor about getting custom orthotics.
- Consider wrapping the foot to provide more support. This will be particularly helpful if you have shoes that don’t offer the necessary support. By wrapping the foot you may find that you can move around for longer periods of time without discomfort.
If non-surgical treatments are not providing you with the relief you need, then you need to talk to our foot specialist about your step. Sometimes surgery is the only way to stabilize both the feet and ankles.
Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ is here for you. No matter if you are experiencing heel pain or you have a severe injury, we make sure that everyone gets the care they need to get back on their feet again.