What to Do About Flat Feet
Are your flat feet causing your pain? Find out how to address the issue.
Do you have flat feet? Sometimes you may have it and not even know it. While it won’t always bring about issues, for many people dealing with flat feet, symptoms will start to rear their ugly head at some point. From the office of our Greensburg and Irwin, PA podiatrists, Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric, find out more about the symptoms associated with flat feet and what you can do to manage these problems.
What are the symptoms of flat feet?
If you have flat feet and don’t have symptoms then the good news is that you won’t need treatment. However, common symptoms of flat feet include:
- Feet that feel tired easily
- Aching or painful feet, particularly around the arches and heels
- Swelling of the bottom of the foot
- Back or leg pain
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to visit our Greensburg and Irwin foot doctor. If you have diabetes or nerve damage to your feet and notice any changes to your feet or you develop any of these symptoms you need to seek medical attention right away.
How do I know that I have flat feet?
There is a simple experiment that you can easily perform right now to find out whether you have flat feet or not. Soak your feet under water and then step onto a flat, even surface. Step away and check out your footprints. If there is a full footprint left behind then you have flat feet. Of course, just because you have flat feet doesn’t mean that you will necessarily require treatment unless you start to experience foot pain and other symptoms.
How can I improve symptoms of flat feet?
How you treat your symptoms will depend on the severity of the issue. Common conservative treatment options include:
- Icing the feet whenever you experience pain or swelling
- Performing stretching exercises daily
- Wearing braces, orthotics or specialty shoes that provides cushioning and support for your feet, particularly around the arches
- Getting physical therapy
- Taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
- Getting steroid injections for severe inflammation
Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care provides a comprehensive range of podiatric services to the Greensburg and Irwin, PA area. If you aren’t sure how to tackle your flat feet problems or you have other questions, don’t hesitate to turn to us for help whenever you need it.