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Vol. 5, No. 6 | June 2013




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Help For Pain of Fallen Arches
How to Treat Your Posterior Tendon Dysfunction

US MED Gives Back If you have pain along the inside of your foot when you put weight on it, and it doesn't seem to be improving, better see your doctor.

He'll do an exam that calls for you to stand on one leg and rise up to your tiptoes. A healthy posterior tendon allows you to do it, but if you can't, the doctor will check for flatfoot deformity. Tests may include X-rays, ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Conservative steps include:

* Decreasing activities that give you foot pain.

* Applying cold packs to the area three or four times a day for up to 20 minutes.

* Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines for pain.

* You may be advised to lose weight.

If these steps don't help, you will be sent to a foot care specialist, who may fit you with a short leg cast or walking boot to be worn for four to eight weeks. It immobilizes the tendon and reduces pain.

Custom orthotics may be necessary if you have moderate to severe changes in the shape of your foot.

Sometimes, an ankle brace is used to support the joints at the back of the foot and alleviate tension in the tendon.

If you think you have fallen arches, get treatment sooner, not later.



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