What are Flat Feet?
The arch of the foot consists of the tarsal bones, metatarsal bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The arch of the foot helps support the weight of the body when standing, walking and running. Flat Feet are caused by nondevelopment of the arch during childhood or wear and tear and subsequent weakening of the arch. People with Flat Feet may or may not have problems.
If you have Flat Feet the common symptoms can include:
- Pain in the arch or heel area
- Difficulty bearing weight, walking or running
If you are experiencing symptoms of Flat Feet, it is best to make an appointment with one of the Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at OSS Health as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may cause the symptoms to become worse. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists have helped thousands of patients with Flat Feet live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.
How are Flat Feet Treated at OSS Health?
Although Flat Feet cannot be reversed, there are many treatment options at OSS Health that can relieve pain and symptoms of Flat Feet. At OSS Health, Flat Feet are usually effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options and the specialists at OSS Health create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals.
These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:
- Physical therapy
- Shoe inserts
- Arch supports
- Stretching exercises
- Supportive shoes
- Immobilization in a hard-soled shoe, walking boot, splint, or cast
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Surgery is only recommended if Flat Feet cause an injury to the foot, like a tendon or ligament tear. The Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at OSS Health are experts at performing all foot and ankle surgical procedures.