How to Treat Flexible Flat Feet


You have flexible flat feet if your arches descend all the way to the floor when you put weight on your feet, but they rebound when you take the weight off. Arch problems can have a variety of causes and treatments, and by fixing your flat feet, you can also improve the function of your knees, hips, and back. People with untreated flat feet are also more likely to develop foot deformities like hammertoes and bunions and to have Achilles tendon and calf muscle problems.

Symptoms of flat feet

●      Pain in the arch, heel, ball, and the outer edge of the foot

●      Shin splints

●      Overpronation (rolling your ankle outward when you walk)

●      Tired feet and legs

●      Knee, back, and hip pain

A physical foot exam will be performed to assess the severity of your flat feet and imaging studies may need to be done along with a computerized gait analysis.

Treatments for flat feet

●      Arch supports and custom orthotic devices

●      Change your activities to avoid repetitive strain on the arches

●      Physical therapy exercises

●      Immobilization of the foot with a rigid boot may be needed for proper healing

●      Extreme cases may need surgery

If you need help with your flat feet, see your foot doctor for an evaluation. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.