If the underside portion of your feet doesn’t have arches and when your feet’s soles touch the floor completely when standing up, you have fallen arches or flat feet. Flat feet is actually a very common and typically painless condition that occurs when the feet’s arches don’t properly develop during childhood. However, flat feet could also develop following an injury or due to normal wear and tear.

If you are not experiencing any pain or difficulty with your flat feet, treatment may not be necessary. On the other hand, flat feet could, in some cases, contribute to various issues in the knees and ankles since the condition could change the legs’ alignment. If you’re feeling pain in your feet due to flat feet, you can visit us here at the Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates in our Pearland or Houston, TX, office so that Dr. Mark Moss can assess your condition and suggest proper treatment for it.


Symptoms of Flat Feet

For individuals experiencing symptoms of flat feet, pain in the arch or heel area is usually the most common. This pain might get worse with activity. Likewise, swelling along the ankle’s inside portion could occur.

If you’re feeling minor pain, you can try these easy tips:

  • Avoid activities that worsen your pain and perform low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or biking.
  • If you’re overweight, shedding some of those pounds could decrease undue pressure on your achy feet.
  • OTC pain relievers could help ease pain and inflammation.
  • Wear OTC arch supports and comfortable shoes to minimize the pressure and pain in your feet.


Medical Treatments for Flat Feet

If you’re experiencing pain due to your flat feet, your podiatrist in Houston, TX, could recommend a combination of the following treatments:

  • Your podiatrist may recommend orthotic devices, which are customized arch supports that are perfectly molded to your feet’s contours.
  • If you have a short Achilles tendon that’s aggravating your pain, your podiatrist may recommend specific exercises to alleviate your pain.
  • Depending on the intensity of your symptoms, they might contribute to injuries due to overuse. In this case, you may need physical therapy.
  • It’s also vital to note that surgery isn’t usually recommended for correcting flat feet. However, your podiatrist may recommend surgery for a related foot issue, like a tendon rupture or tear, that’s being aggravated by your flat feet.


Struggling with Flat Feet? Let Us Help

Arrange an appointment with Dr. Mark Moss here at the Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates. Call our Houston, TX, location at (281) 484-2400 or our Pearland, TX, location at (281) 485-2988 for more details.