Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville

March 21, 2024

A healthy foot has a natural arch to it. However, some people either never develop these arches, or lose their arches to an injury later in life. The result is flat feet, a condition that can cause both limited mobility and persistent discomfort. These symptoms make it necessary for most flat feet patients to seek treatment from an experienced podiatrist.

Why Do Flat Feet Require Treatment?

Having flat feet can lead to a few different problems. For one, placing weight onto a flat foot may contribute to pain in the fallen arch or in the ankle. If you stand on flat feet for long, it is not uncommon to experience swelling and tenderness along the ankle. Flat feet may also limit your mobility. For example, people who have flat feet usually find it much more difficult to stretch or stand on their toes or tiptoes.

When To Treat Flat Feet

While not everyone with flat feet requires immediate treatment, it is important to seek intervention from a podiatrist before your pain worsens or your mobility becomes significantly reduced. As a rule of thumb, we recommend seeking treatment when difficulty stretching affects your ability to walk, impacting your day-to-day life or your ability to exercise properly.

What Are the Treatment Options for Flat Feet?

Flat feet have a range of severities, which means there is a variety of treatment options. No matter how minimal your pain or mobility restriction may be, you should still seek a podiatrist. Something as simple as an orthotic device worn comfortably in your shoes can make a world of difference for you. Physical therapy can also be an effective way to mediate the symptoms caused by flat feet, allowing you to regain daily comfort and mobility. Beyond these, additional treatments such as specialized exercises, footwear modifications, and even surgical interventions can further address the challenges posed by flat feet, enabling you to lead an active, pain-free life with confidence and ease.

Seek Treatment for Flat Feet From RNV Podiatry

You do not have to live with the discomfort caused by flat feet. Seek diagnosis and treatment from a board-certified podiatrist in the Frisco and Dallas Metro area. Learn more about flat feet treatments from RNV Podiatry.