Your feet create the foundation for the rest of your body to stand on, so when you neglect problems with your feet and ankles it can have far-reaching consequences. Fallen arches (also called flat feet) is one of those conditions that if left untreated can lead to a variety of other problems including severe pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back due to the overpronation that fallen arches can produce.
Flat feet can also cause headaches due to this abnormal way of walking, so it’s essential to have your feet inspected and properly treated by a podiatrist.
Some of the causes of fallen arches
Toddlers and infants often have flat feet because their arches are still in the developmental stages and they usually outgrow the problem. Some individuals continue to have flat feet as they age and experience no adverse effects. Other people experience problematic fallen arches as they age and tendons and muscles loosen. Sprains and fractures are also contributors to problems with fallen arches.
Treatment of fallen arches may include the following:
The right shoes and supports—Properly fitted shoes with the right arch and heel support are extremely effective in the treatment of fallen arches. You can try store brands, but for the best treatment custom-made orthotics that fit your feet precisely are the most therapeutic.
Physical therapy— Your foot doctor will recommend a variety of strengthening and flexibility exercises for your feet and ankles to help stretch and strengthen the muscles, tendons and other tissues and avoid future injuries.
If you are experiencing problems with fallen arches, the sooner you seek the assistance of a foot specialist the less likely you are to suffer from any complications down the road. If you suspect that you may have fallen arches, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!