If you experience symptoms with flexible flatfoot your specialist may recommend non-surgical treatment options such as:
- Activity Modifications: Cut down on activities that bring you pain and avoid prolonged walking and standing to give your arches a rest.
- Weight Loss: If you are overweight, try to lose weight. Putting too much weight on your arches may aggravate your symptoms.
- Orthotic Devices: Your podiatric specialist can provide you with custom orthotic devices for your shoes to give more support to the arches.
- Immobilisation: In some cases, it may be necessary to use a walking cast or to completely avoid weight-bearing.
- Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Shoe Modifications: Wearing shoes that support the arches is important for anyone who has flatfoot. Bespoke orthotics made by our podiatrist can resolve flat feet or prevent progression of the foot deformity.
When is flatfoot surgery necessary?
In some patients whose pain is not adequately relieved by other treatments, surgery may be considered. A variety of surgical techniques is available to correct flexible flatfoot and one or a combination of procedures may be required to relieve the symptoms and improve foot function.
In selecting the procedure or combination of procedures for your particular case, the foot and ankle surgeon will take into consideration the extent of your deformity based on the X-ray findings, your age, your activity level and other factors. The length of the recovery period will vary depending on the procedure or procedures performed.
Hyprocure minimally invasive flat foot surgery:
We use the Hyprocure flat foot implant to treat flat feet in young patients and those with reducible and flexible flat feet deformity. For flexible flatfoot surgery, The foot surgeon will thoroughly examine your foot and may request X-rays before considering your suitability for this procedure.
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Thoughts and advice on foot health care from the Podogo team.