Flat feet are incredibly common and not everyone with flat feet is symptomatic. But some people with flatfoot deformities experience daily, debilitating pain that interferes with normal activity. In these cases, you may start exploring surgical options to correct flatfoot.
Before considering surgery, your podiatrist will suggest a variety of other treatment methods including a change in shoes, OTC pain medications, custom orthotics, nightly bracing, injections, and physical therapy. For the majority of patients, these options diminish pain and act to correct the effects of flat feet.
However, if you have tried these methods and are experiencing recurring pain or daily pain that limits and affects your normal activities, you may need to consider surgery to correct flat feet. It is both a logical and necessary choice if initial treatments fail.
There are many different surgical procedures available to correct flat feet. For flexible flatfoot, soft tissue is altered. Other types of flat feet may involve a bony correction. In selecting the procedure or combination of procedures for your particular case, your 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 initial recovery from a flatfoot correcting procedure is 6-8 weeks. You will be able to return to normal activity between 4 and 6 months after surgery. The total length of the recovery period will vary depending on the procedure or procedures performed. Once healed, you will enjoy a life free from the pain of flat feet.
If your flatfoot deformity is interrupting your daily life and stopping you from enjoying a full range of activities, call the FAAWC today. We can help decide what treatment options are right for you and when to consider flatfoot surgery.