Understanding Flat Feet and Easing the Pain
Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, is a common condition where the arches of the feet appear flattened, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. Flat feet can be a result of genetics, injury, or muscle weakness. While many individuals with flat feet may not experience pain, others can suffer from discomfort and fatigue, especially during prolonged periods of standing or physical activity. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken which may help to alleviate flat feet pain. This can begin by wearing supportive shoes with arch support and cushioning. Custom orthotic inserts can also provide additional support and comfort. Stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon and calf muscles can help improve foot flexibility. Additionally, performing strengthening exercises for the foot and ankle muscles can enhance arch support. By addressing flat feet and taking proactive measures, you can find relief from discomfort and improve your overall foot health. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward additional relief options.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
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