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Living With Flat Feet

It’s something we often hear as podiatrists “my feet hurt all the time because I have flat feet”. While flat feet can certainly be painful there are several things that you can do to help keep your flat feet pain free.


There are several causes of flat feet, from injury to tendon problems, but the most common cause of flat feet is usually nothing more than heredity. One or both of your parents had flat feet and it has been handed down with everything else in your genes. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t live a healthy and pain free life with flat feet. Quite the opposite, we have several conservative treatments to help you get the most out of those flat feet.


  • Shoe Gear Change – we see a lot of the patients suffering from flat foot pain that is being caused by bad, unsupportive shoes. Shoes should be supportive and comfortable all day long, so if yours don’t make it through a full day then it’s time for new shoes. You can read this blog post for help picking out your next great pair of shoes.

  • Weight Loss – if the patient is overweight the podiatrist may recommend a diet and exercise routine. Excessive weight can put more pressure and strain on the arch.

  • Oral Medications – if the pain caused by flat feet is only occasional your podiatrist may recommend an over the counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to temporarily alleviate foot pain.

  • Orthotic Shoe Inserts – a very effective and conservative treatment for flat feet is an insert that help support the natural structure of the arch. These devices are available both over the counter as well as custom made at your local podiatrists office.

  • Surgical Intervention – if the above conservative measure have proven ineffective sometimes your podiatrist will recommend a surgery to help repair the structure of the arch. In cases of injury or tendon ruptures surgery is usually required to repair the damaged tissue.


If you or a loved one is suffering from frequent flat foot pain please call your nearest Foot & Ankle Associates, LLC office to schedule an appointment. We have the diagnostic technology to help identify any foot problem and the friendly doctors and staff are ready to help get you back on your feet again!

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