Watch the video above to learn about Flat Feet, and how I approach treating this with my patients. There's also more information below. As always, when you're ready, fill out the form on this page to request a consultation.
Flat footedness is a deformity that occurs when the arch of the foot is in close contact with the ground.
If the feet are flexible and there is still pain, Dr. Stewart may recommend orthotics for arch support. If the feet are rigid or extremely painful, Dr. Stewart will evaluate reasons for the flat feet and the treatment plan will depend upon his findings.
Conservative treatment for Flat Feet includes:
- A strengthening or stretching program can ease the pain and other issues caused by flat feet.
- Stretching should be focused on the more superficial calf muscle known as the gastrocnemius and strengthening should focus on the posterior tibial tendon.
- Physical therapy can be prescribed if home therapy is not successful.
- Dr. Stewart has had a lot of success treating painful flat foot and its associated conditions with therapeutic laser. This pain-free adjunctive treatment is performed on site at the Timonium Foot and Ankle Center.
- Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) can be combined with ice therapy to help diminish inflammation and pain associated with flat feet in the early stages. It may be recommended to apply ice to painful areas on the feet. This should be done 2 to 3 times per day for 20 minutes each time.
- Wearing supportive shoes, avoiding flip-flops, flats and barefoot walking is recommended. Dr. Stewart typically recommends such shoes such as Brooks, Asics, New Balance, Saucony, Keen and Merrell.
- Custom orthotics that realigns the foot are generally recommended.
- In more advanced cases, casting and immobilization may can be used.
- In overweight or obese patients, weight loss is essential.