Flat Feet

Flat Feet in Southeast Portland, OR

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can affect your entire body. Your feet function as shock absorbers to relieve the stress of impact. When you suffer from flat feet, your legs, back, hips, and other areas may be affected. Our podiatrist, Dr. Brandi, Myers, at Sellwood Podiatry provides personalized treatment options. 

Risk Factors for Flat Feet

There are several factors that can increase your risk of developing flat feet. These include:

  • Being older
  • Having diabetes
  • Carrying excess weight
  • Having rheumatoid arthritis
  • Experiencing an ankle or foot injury

Signs and Symptoms of Flat Feet

Flat feet are not typically painful on their own, but they can contribute to signs and symptoms like these:

  • Foot and leg fatigue
  • Painful arches or heels
  • Increasing foot pain when you are active
  • Swelling and pain on the inside of your ankle

What You Can Do To Get Relief From Flat Feet

You can try some simple tips and home remedies to get relief from flat feet, including:

  • Switching from high-impact sports like running to low-impact sports like swimming
  • Losing excess weight to relieve foot stress and pressure
  • Resting and elevating your feet whenever you can
  • Applying ice to your feet several times daily
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

How Your Podiatrist Can Help You Get Relief From Flat Feet

For chronic, moderate to severe pain associated with flat feet, it’s best to visit your podiatrist, who may recommend:

  • Custom-fit orthotics and other supportive devices
  • Stretching and physical therapy to maintain flexibility
  • Thermal therapy to reduce swelling and boost circulation
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication

In rare cases, surgery may be recommended. The foot surgery involves repairing damaged tendons and ligaments, restoring normal foot function and mobility.

To learn more about the causes and treatment of flat feet, call Sellwood Podiatry in our Southeast Portland, OR office at (503) 235-8594 to schedule an appointment!

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