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Fallen Arches Support

Fallen Arches Support

Fallen arches can be painful. There are conservative ways to treat the condition, as wells as, orthotics that can help alleviate symptoms. Preventative measures help with pain management and with preventing the condition from worsening. If left untreated, feet will gradually get visibly flatter, as well as, weak, numb and stiff. Bunions can develop also.


Preventative measures include:

  • wear shoes or use shoe inserts appropriate to activities
  • Pain – rest, ice and OTC medicines like ibuprofen
  • Physical Therapy
  • treat risk factors like diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure
  • Avoid activities that cause excessive stress on feet
  • Avoid high-impact sports (basketball, soccer, tennis)
  • Know when to see a doctor especially when pain affects the ability to do activities


Custom arch supports can help prevent pain and worsening of the condition. Severe cases may require surgery to correct the problem.


There are several causes for fallen arches. These include:

  • birth abnormality
  • stretched or torn tendons
  • damage or inflammation of the tibial tendon
  • broken/dislocated bones
  • health conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, aging, pregnancy)
  • nerve problems

Many people with fallen arches notice no problems and do not need treatment. Others experience many symptoms like:

  • feet tire easily
  • painful, achy feet, arches, heels
  • swelling at the inside bottoms of feet (where the arch would be)
  • movements like standing on toes are difficult
  • back and leg pain


This is when medical treatment may be necessary. If pain or foot damage is severe the doctor may want to do surgery. Procedures may include the following:


  • fusing foot and ankle bones
  • removing bones or spurs
  • cutting and changing the shape of the bone(s)
  • cleaning protective cover on tendons
  • tendon transfer
  • grafting bone to create an arch


Treatment is not needed unless the fallen arches cause pain. Therapies and medication can alleviate symptoms. Self-care may help and includes losing weight, foot supports, and stretching exercises.

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