With the Rocky Mountains in our own backyard, flat is not something we think about very often. However, at Podiatry Associates, P.C., flat feet are seen all of the time. In fact, this condition is quite common, and although usually painless, it can contribute to numerous foot and ankle problems. When you do not have arches, it throws everything out of alignment, which can sometimes result in difficulty participating in activities, and even daily life, without pain. We can help!
Off to a Rocky Start?
We’re all born with flat feet. Typically as we grow, our arches develop, but sometimes they just don’t. In some cases, even though arches do form, they fall over time as a result of the normal wear and tear of aging. Other causes include stretched or damaged tendons due to injury, conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, the added stress on your feet from being overweight, or having damaging nerve problems.
Explore your Boundaries
Before you put on those hiking boots, take a look at your feet. Is the inside of your sole flat on the ground when you stand? The best way to tell for sure is to dip your foot in a mountain stream then stand on a flat, dry rock. Step away and check out the print. If you can see a complete imprint of your foot, then you have flat feet. Now what? Well, if you do not feel pain and are living a full and active life, don’t worry about it! No treatment is necessary. However, if you are finding that your feet are painful, swollen, achy, and tired, and they are keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, then a visit to Podiatry Associates, P.C. is in order.
Tell Pain to Take a Hike!
If pain has reached its peak, you need to take a break from activities that are causing you discomfort. If you want to stay active, try walking easier trails instead of climbing and jumping rugged terrain. Physical therapy exercises can keep tendons and muscles stretched and limber as well. You can ease aching feet by icing the arch and heel. Anti-inflammatory medication can also help. If you are carrying any extra weight, make a plan to lose some pounds, and be sure to manage any contributing conditions. In addition, check your footwear. Shoes should be appropriate for the activity and offer plenty of comfort and stability. You may want to try orthotic inserts for added arch support to minimize your symptoms. We can even make custom orthotics molded to the contours of your unique feet.
With the help of Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen and the team at Podiatry Associates, P.C., you can live an active life despite having painful flat feet. To find out more or to make an appointment, call (303) 805-5156. You can also visit us online or at one of our three convenient locations in Parker, or Castle Pines, CO. Don’t let your fallen arches slow you down!