If the primary non-surgical treatments haven’t alleviated your pain or corrected the issues you’re experiencing, a surgical flat foot correction procedure may be necessary. When the pain that you’re experiencing leads to high amounts of discomfort whenever you exercise, walk, or stand, you should definitely schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to determine if surgery is right for you. It’s also important to understand that correcting these issues early on in your life can help with the prevention of hip, back, or knee pain later on in your life.
During the recovery, you’ll likely be required to wear a cam walker boot for a few weeks immediately following the surgery. You will also be expected to elevate and rest your foot as much as possible.
With most of these surgical flat foot correction procedures, you will wear some form of offloading boot for up to six weeks before switching to a brace or insole for another six weeks. It’s only after three to four months that you will likely be able to wear your own pair of shoes. Your surgeon will provide you with comprehensive instructions on how to care for the surgical site following the procedure.