Visually, the symptoms of flat feet will be obvious. It is easy to tell when looking at a person standing or walking if the arches of their feet are properly positioned. You may experience pain in the heel of your foot or in the area of the arch of the foot. This pain generally worsens with activity.If You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
The treatment for flat feet typically involves a non-conservative approach. Fitting a custom orthotic to your shoes or changing your shoes to ones with prominent arch supports may take away any pain that you are experiencing as this will help to balance out the stresses placed on the feet. It is not possible to change the structure of the foot with exercise, but the pain and decreased function caused by this condition can be minimized by strengthening the muscles in the feet in order to help provide support where it is needed. Surgery is not indicated for flat feet alone, but surgical intervention may be necessary in order to correct another problem associated with having flat feet, such as a tendon or ligament tear.