How is adult acquired flatfoot treated?

Treatment for adult acquired flatfoot depends on the cause. It ranges from simple watching to foot tapings and strappings, braces, foot insoles, shoe recommendations, immobilization, anti inflammatory medications, and rest. The most common treatment for those who have leg or foot pain caused by adult acquired flatfoot is arch supports or foot inserts. These inserts can be either over-the-counter or custom-molded. This orthotic device may be required for the rest of the patient's life.

Surgery is reserved for the most severe cases.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/02/2019.


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