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How do I care for fallen arches or flat feet?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Many people with flat feet have no symptoms, but some people with flat feet experience pain and swelling. If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may help you manage your symptoms through pain medication, stretching, physical therapy, and arch supports.
You can ease the pain of fallen arches by wearing shoes with extra support. Fallen arches or flat feet result when your arches are not as curved as they should be. Flat feet causes pain in your foot and ankle, as well as swelling in these areas.

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