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By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
December 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: flat feet  

Are the pains in your heel or the ball of your foot interfering with your life? Flat feet can make getting out of bed, dancing, exercise, and walking seem quite difficult to do. Our care providers at Idaho Foot and Ankle Associates can help alleviate your discomfort in Boise, ID.

What is the cause of flat feet?

Flat feet can be hereditary, the result of wearing ill-fitting shoes over a long period, or a symptom of another condition like tendonitis. Obesity, diabetes, and pregnancy also contribute to flat feet.

Find relief for your flat feet in several ways:

  • Getting physical therapy entails a custom course of hot and cold treatments, exercises, and manual manipulation to strengthen the muscles of the foot.
  • Wearing orthopedic footwear can support the foot and relieve any pain. Your foot is working hard to pull up the arch, so custom made insteps assist with absorbing the impact of your steps.
  • Some patients have pain they can’t seem to resolve. In this case, surgery may be a viable option for realigning your foot and restoring function.
  • Exercising your foot by yourself is simple. Simple movements like pointing and flexing the foot, grabbing things, and standing on your tiptoes can change the shape and function of the foot.
  • If you are diabetic or have another condition that affects the feet, it is best to try to manage those conditions as much as possible.
  • You may take over the counter meds for sporadic pain, but more chronic discomforts may require a visit to the doctor.

Dreading activities like a hike doesn’t have to be a way of life. The staff at Idaho Foot and Ankle Associates can answer any questions you may have about therapy, exercise or reconstructive surgery.  Call (208) 327-0627 to reach our Boise, ID, office, (208) 463-1660 for our Nampa/Caldwell, ID, office, and (208) 888-9876 for our Meridian, ID, office.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
June 19, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: flat feet  

While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.

How to tell if you have flat feet

If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.

Symptoms of flat feet

The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.

Potential complications of flat feet

Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.

Treating flat feet

If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:

  • Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
  • Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
  • Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
  • Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.

If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
February 22, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: flat feet  

If you have flat feet, you've probably become resigned to aches and pains. Luckily, orthotics, prescription shoe inserts offered by your Flat feetBoise, Nampa/Caldwell and Meridian, ID, podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates can improve your comfort.

Flat feet symptoms

If you have flat feet, the inner part of your arch touches the floor when you stand. Flat feet can make standing or walking for long periods uncomfortable. The condition doesn't just affect your feet but may alter your gait and cause pain in your ankles, lower legs, knees, hips and back. Flat feet make participating in sports, including skiing, difficult and can affect your endurance and performance.

How a visit to the foot doctor can improve your comfort?

Orthotics offer a simple solution if you suffer from flat feet. Your Boise, Nampa/Caldwell or Meridian, ID, podiatrist can design separate orthotics for your shoes and for your ski boots. Ski orthotics support your arch, cushion your foot and keep your feet properly aligned in your boots.

The orthotics prevent your arch from flattening when you make turns, reduce cramping and help you maintain ideal knee alignment. Orthotics also enhance balance and foot stability. Hot spots, particularly on the ankles, are common if your feet slide around in your boots. Your new inserts will prevent your feet from rubbing against the sides of your boot, reducing painful hot spots.

Orthotics improve your "feel" for the terrain, make turns feel more natural and effortless, and improve edge control.

Are you ready to find out what orthotics can do for your feet? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates by calling (208) 327-0627 for the Boise office, (208) 463-1660 for the Nampa/Caldwell office or (208) 888-9876 for the Meridian office.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
December 30, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: flat feet  

Find out how to care for flat feet to prevent further issues in the future.

Have you ever really examined your feet? The answer is probably not. But if you want to find out if you have flat feet you better do some investigating. While flat feet don’t always cause issues for people there are certain problems that can arise over time if you suffer from flat feetthis condition. Find out what complications could affect your foot health later on and when to see one of our Boise podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates.

The Potential Problems of Having Flat Feet

The foot is made up of tons of muscles, bones and tissues. When undue stress is placed on any of these structures it may change how certain areas of the foot take on weight and pressure. Over time, this can lead to issues like flat feet. The arches of the foot offer great support and act as shock absorbers when you walk, jump or run. But if you have flat feet this means the arches are lost, which can reduce shock absorption and increase your chances of getting injured.

Those with flat feet may start to experience chronic pain or discomfort when walking. Since this condition causes the feet to be out of alignment, this can cause issues throughout the rest of your body as well including your ankles, thighs, hips and lower back. As this problem gets worse, the stress placed on your feet can also leave you prone to hip and lower back pain, arthritis and heel spurs.

Treating Flat Feet

Fortunately, flat feet can often be corrected by wearing the proper shoes. Also wearing custom-made orthotics prescribed by your foot doctor in Boise, ID may be able to provide additional support and shock absorption for the foot. Only in rare cases do more invasive treatments like surgery need to be considered.

If you are experiencing any persistent foot problems or think you are dealing with flat feet it never hurts to get it checked out. The foot experts of Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise are here to provide a comprehensive range of treatments and services so that your feet get the best care possible.