May 01, 2020 2 min read

If you, like us and like many others, struggle with flat feet, please read along!

 

People with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, have either no arch in their feet or one that is very low.

There is usually a gap beneath the inner part of the foot when a person stands, as the arch raises off the ground slightly.

Flat feet only need treatment if they cause discomfort, indicate an underlying disorder, or lead to pain elsewhere in the body. 

Some people appear to have a very low arch or no arch without ever experiencing problems.

When flat feet do cause symptoms, simple devices and exercises can help to minimize the discomfort.

Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of flat feet.

Flat Foot

Flat feet occur when a person has a very low or non-existent arch in the foot.

People with flat feet have a very low arch or no arch, meaning that one or both of their feet may be flat on the ground.

The arches provide a spring to the step and help to distribute body weight across the feet and legs.

The structure of the arches determines how a person walks. The arches need to be both sturdy and flexible to adapt to stress and a variety of surfaces.

When people have flat feet, their feet may roll to the inner side when they are standing and walking.

This is known as overpronation, and it may also cause the feet to point outward.

Baby Feet

The most common symptom of flat feet is a pain in the feet. This can occur as a result of strained muscles and connecting ligaments.

Pain most commonly affects the following parts of the body:

  1. inside ankle, alongside possible swelling
  2. arch of the foot
  3. calf
  4. knee
  5. hip
  6. lower back
  7. lower legs

One or both feet may also feel stiff. There are possible complications as well. Like the Bunion...

Baby Feet

Common causes of flat feet include:

  1. genetic factors, as flat feet can pass from parents to children in the genes
  2. weak arches, meaning that the arch is visible when a person sits but the foot flattens onto the ground when they stand
  3. foot or ankle injury
  4. arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  5. damage, dysfunction, or rupture of the posterior tibial tendon
  6. nervous system or muscle diseases, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spina bifida

A great exercise to alleviate the symptoms is the

The golf ball roll

This exercise requires a chair and a golf ball.

Sit on the chair with your feet firmly on the ground. 

Place the golf ball under the foot, and roll it forward and back under the arch of the foot for 2 minutes to stretch the plantar fascia ligament.

There are various treatments that improve the condition as well as alleviate the pain.

That being said, the best solution in terms of cost-efficiency, convenience, and overall improvement is the orthopedic insole - like the one below ⬇️

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