With its undulating hills and valleys, the fascinatingly varied (and beautiful) topography of Cincinnati and its suburbs have earned it the title of hilliest major city in the Midwest. You can be forgiven, then, if your flat arches occasionally feel out of place.
Flat feet are a very common foot type, although not as common as medium (or “normal”) arches. If you have this particular shape, you may occasional wonder if you’ll experience any problems from it, or if you need any treatment.
The good news is that most people with flat feet do not experience any pain from the condition and can continue to live active, healthy, pain-free lives without needing any corrective measures. However, sometimes the lack of arches can cause your feet to roll too far inward (overpronate) and throw your body out of alignment. This can cause pain in muscles, tendons and joints from the arch and ankle all the way up to the knees and back. When pain and discomfort are involved, you know it’s time to seek help.
Treatment is almost always conservative. In many cases you may only need a switch in footwear—those with flat feet or overpronation issues often benefit from footwear with a little extra support in the arch. We may also recommend over-the-counter arch supports or set you up with custom orthotics that conform to, and accommodates, your foot shape in order to correct your gait. In cases where a tight Achilles is contributing to overpronation, stretches and physical therapy can lessen your discomfort.
If you’re suffering from significant or chronic pain in your arches, ankles, knees, or back and you believe flat feet may be to blame, give Family Foot and Ankle Center a call at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572, or set up an appointment via the contact form on this website. Our expert podiatrists will have you navigating the Ohio river valley’s sloping geography pain-free in no time.