Supporting your feet is usually a first step in treating the condition. Your doctor may recommend that you wear orthotics, which are inserts that go inside your shoes to support your feet.
For children, the doctor may prescribe special shoes or heel cups until the feet are fully formed.
Reducing pain from flat feet may involve incorporating some changes in your daily routine. For example, your doctor may recommend a diet and exercise program for weight loss to reduce the pressure on your feet. They may recommend not standing or walking for prolonged periods.
Depending on the cause of your condition, you may have sustained pain and inflammation. Your doctor might prescribe medication to reduce the discomfort from these symptoms. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can relieve swelling and pain.
Surgery may be an option in more serious cases and is usually the last resort. Your orthopedic surgeon may create an arch in your feet, repair tendons, or fuse your bones or joints. If your Achilles tendon is too short, the surgeon can lengthen it to decrease your pain.