Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Treatment of flat feet at home
When you treat flat feet (a collapse of the arch of the foot), you are not treating them as such, but rather the symptoms caused by the flat foot. So, if you suffer from the following problems (which are often associated with flat feet), you can use the links below to find the page that will give you self-treatment techniques for each condition:
The essential when treating symptoms associated with flat feet:
- Preventing arch collapse
- Prevent overpronation
Our 7-step flat foot treatment plan
We have listed below some of the best over-the-counter foot supports, ankle supports and shoes available for flat foot treatment. Be aware, however, that flat feet often need more support than prefabricated foot supports offer. It is often worth trying over-the-counter devices, but patients with very flat feet and excessive pronation often require custom-made orthotics. We therefore recommend that you try the following for three weeks. If this does not work, consult a podiatrist who specializes in orthotic therapy.
1. Add plantar supports in your shoes
This will decrease the stress in the tiptoe. Over-the-counter foot supports will not work as well as quality custom-made foot orthotics, but they will help. The best type of plantar orthosis we have found for the flat foot is the full-length plantar orthosis.
2. Use ready-to-wear orthotics for high heels
These are the best orthotics for high heels, dress boots and other women’s shoes. They are ideal for women with flat feet who wear dress shoes.
3. Wear sandals with arch support at home
Instead of wearing sandals, sandals will adequately support the arch of the foot when you are not wearing shoes.
4. Use the plantar supports
They are perfect for those times when you can’t wear shoes (when doing yoga, ballet, etc.). The self-adjusting, compression-resistant strap wraps around the foot and supports the weakened arch. These supports can be worn barefoot or in minimalist shoes.
5. For severe cases of flat feet
Severe cases of flat feet often require much more support than what is provided by a prefabricated footbed. If your feet are severely flat, you may need a custom-made foot orthosis. If you can’t get orthotics right away, use an ankle brace made specifically for the treatment of severe flat feet, including those associated with posterior tibial tendon dysfunction.
6. Use footwear with excellent support characteristics
We recommend medical grade footwear.
7. Reinforcement of the arch of the foot
Strengthening your arch won’t reverse the effects of its collapse, but can help reduce the pain associated with flat feet. Balance exercises on one leg are the most effective in strengthening the arch of the foot. Get used to doing these exercises on the floor. Once you are able to maintain your balance on one foot for 30 seconds, try doing it on a balance board.2021