13 May Can you Use Orthotics and Braces for Flat Feet
Five Facts About Treating Flat Feet
Podiatrists call it pes planus. You might know it as fallen arches or flat feet. It’s a painful condition that has no cure, but you can manage it with your podiatrist’s help. Here are five things you should know about using braces and orthotics to treat flat feet.
1. It’s a Common Condition
About 200,000 people are diagnosed with flat feet every year. Most continue their normal lives with the help of arch support, orthotics, and braces.
Most children are born with flat feet, but their arches generally develop in a few years. If your child has reached the age of five or six and isn’t showing any arch development, contact a podiatrist as soon as possible. Correction at an early age can prevent problems in adulthood.
2. They Run In Families
Flat feet often run in families. If you or your parents had them, your children are likely to have them.
Nobody is quite sure what causes flat feet, but the following things can increase your likelihood of developing them:
- Working on your feet for many years.
- Being over 50.
- Participating in strenuous sports.
- Having conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
3. Braces and Orthotics Can Help You Avoid Surgery
Do you think surgery is the only answer? A podiatrist can create a treatment plan that gives you support without the need for invasive treatments.
Your foot care professional will prescribe custom braces and orthotics to correct the way you walk and give you additional arch support. If you have flat feet, your feet typically roll inward or overpronate. Orthotics prevent your feet from sliding and rolling in the wrong direction. They also give you the arch support your feet are lacking.
Orthotics also cushion your feet and ligaments. If you’re trying to keep your feet healthy while you correct your flat feet, you will appreciate the heel support and cushioning of orthotics and braces.
If you have a serious foot condition like chronic ankle instability, Achilles tendonitis, or severe flat feet, using braces can help you avoid surgery.
4. Today’s Braces Are Modern and Comfortable
Are you worried about having to wear bulky, uncomfortable footwear? This has long been a problem for podiatrists, too, since patients often won’t comply if they have to wear ugly, heavy, and uncomfortable braces.
You can leave those worries behind with custom, fitted braces that take your lifestyle into account. At Shuman Podiatry, we’re proud to use top-quality braces and casts from the Arizona Brace Company. They include:
Mezzo: This lightweight, slender half-shoe fits easily over your instep and ankles. It is made from soft leather with a comfortable lining. You can wear it with any type of shoe including sandals and work shoes. The Mezzo is an excellent brace for correcting flat feet, tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.
Breeze: This is another lightweight, flexible brace that’s made from a durable cloth instead of leather. It has hospital-grade padding and resists moisture, making it ideal for people who want to stay active. You get your choice of closure types with this brace.
If you have flat feet, you’re likely to be using one of the above braces. You’ll see they’re easy to use, comfortable and unobtrusive.
5. Flat Feet Can Lead to Serious Complications
If you don’t treat your flat feet, they can cause chronic complications such as:
- Recurring Achilles tendonitis.
- Loss of cartilage leading to severe arthritis.
- Chronic pain in the hips, knees, and ankles.
- Loss of balance leading to recurring ankle sprains.
Shuman Podiatry Is Here to Help
At Shuman Podiatry, we treat flat feet in people of all ages. We’ll be happy to create a custom treatment plan that includes orthotics, braces, and lifestyle changes to get you back on your feet in no time flat.