Tips On Dealing With Flat Feet And How To Correct Them

Are you experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or ankle joints? The problem may be due to flat feet. A normal arch in the foot will create an upward curve that can definitely be seen in the middle. The ligaments and tendons in your foot help to form the arch and keep your foot stable. Having strong arches is important to your health, since your feet have to support your entire body weight when you are walking or running. When the ligaments or tendons become weakened, the arch of the foot collapses, causing flat feet and the discomfort you are experiencing.

How to Deal with Flat Feet

1.     Buy and wear good quality shoes.

The best thing you can do for yourself once you know you have flat feet is to make sure that all your shoes fit properly. Before you buy a new pair, feel the inside of the sole of the shoe. There should be a built-in arch support at the side of the shoe that fades in to the centre of the sole. This will help you feel comfortable as you go about your daily activities.

2. Tie or do up your shoes snugly.

If you don’t make sure that your shoes fit very well, the arch support will not be able to protect your feet properly and it may even give you blisters. The arch support should be positioned in the natural position for your foot, not too far forward or too far back so as not to cause discomfort.

3. Wear arch supports in your shoes, if necessary.

How Flat Feet Can be Corrected

A podiatrist can recommend custom orthotics which fit inside your shoe to relieve pain and pressure caused by flat feet. In stubborn cases that do not respond to other measures, surgery may be recommended.

We suggest you to contact Sheldon H. Nadal D.P.M. to schedule an appointment and get a recommended treatment plan for flat feet.