Fallen arches and flat feet both describe a foot condition where the foot does not have a normal arch when standing. If you are not sure if you have a proper arch in your foot, dip your feet in water and step on a paper bag. If you see pancake like imprint, you most likely have flat feet for fallen arches.
You have tendons in the bottom of your foot that hold the joints of your foot together. When you reach adulthood, these tendons tighten up and form an arch. For some people though, the arch never forms resulting in a flat foot. Most of the time, in patients with fallen arches, the tendon that supports the arch becomes injured or weakened and begins to fall over time. Several other factors that can cause fallen arches include:
- Wear and tear from aging
For most patients, flat feet are not a problem and don’t cause any pain. When they do cause an issue, a patient might notice the following symptoms:
- Achy feet after standing for a long time
- Pain after sports or activities
- Feet that tire easily
- Difficulty standing on your toes
- Swelling on the inside bottom of your feet
Treatment for Foot Pain Due to Fallen Arches
Dr. Harvey Danciger has several conservative treatment options to offer his patients in Palm Desert, CA suffering with painful feet from fallen arches. Custom orthotics are a very effective way to treat symptoms and alleviate pain as they are molded to your specific foot structure. Other treatments available involve:
- Rest and ice
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Surgery in severe cases
Taking charge of your foot health is imperative. Many decisions made outside our podiatric office will impact the improvement or worsening of your pain. Wearing footwear that supports and cushions feet, properly treating factors that make fallen arches worse such as obesity and avoiding activities that put extra stress on your feet are just a few important measures to follow.
Many times, it is when a patient resolves to just live with pain or tries to tough it out that more damage is done. Following preventative measures and seeking early treatment when pain arises will keep feet healthy long term.
Contact Dr. Danciger if you are having foot pain due to having fallen arches. Call our office today, at (760) 568-0108. If you want to know more about foot health, request a complimentary copy of Dr. Danciger’s book Why Do My Feet Hurt?