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Here’s How Custom Orthotics Can Help Flat Feet

If you suffer from chronic pain due to flat feet, the foot care specialists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle in the greater Indianapolis area can evaluate your feet and create a treatment plan to relieve your discomfort. Often, that plan includes custom orthotics — designed specifically for your feet to give you the support you need.

What are flat feet?

Like the rest of your body, your feet grow, develop, and change throughout your life. Foot arches, formed by tarsal and metatarsal bones, ligaments, and tendons, put a spring in your step and distribute your weight when you walk. If your arches don’t develop normally, or if they start to fall and flatten, problems can occur.

Flat feet happen when foot arches fall and the entire soles of your feet touch the floor when you stand. Sometimes, flat feet cause no pain or problems. Other times, flat feet can change your leg alignment and cause painful foot, ankle, hip, and knee issues.

Who’s at risk for flat feet?

Infants and toddlers normally have flat feet; their arches develop as they age and reach adulthood. However, adults with the following risk factors can get flat feet:

The only way to know for sure if you are flat-footed is to consult a podiatrist, but certain symptoms point to flat feet. For example, you may experience foot pain and stiffness, pain in your knee and hip joints, or ankles that turn inward. You also may notice that your shoes wear down more quickly or unevenly than usual.

How custom orthotics can help flat feet

Custom orthotics are prescription, biomechanical devices that fit into your shoes and work to align your foot and ankle. They can correct foot imbalance and distribute your weight most efficiently.

While you wear them, you benefit from additional support, especially in the arches where you need it most. At first, your orthotics might feel a bit uncomfortable as they work to realign your feet. Initially, wear them for two-hour intervals, extending wear time over two weeks.

Orthotics are just one way to help alleviate flat foot pain related to flat feet. Your podiatrist can also recommend stretching exercises, physical therapy, and supportive shoes.

If you have flat feet or notice your arches are falling, visit the podiatric specialists at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. Our team can create a treatment plan to relieve pain and get you back on your feet again. Call the office location that’s convenient for you, or request an appointment through this website.

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