If you have flat feet and also engage in physical activities that involve walking or running, finding the right shoes can be challenging. Flat feet is a condition where the arch has collapsed and the sole of the foot lies flat on the ground while standing. A normal foot arch allows the weight to be evenly transferred from the toes to the heels with each step. Patients who have flat feet are unable to do this, which can present problems in the feet, hips, and back, especially in active people. A number of shoes that have arch support may help to eliminate the symptoms of having flat feet, but these one-size-fits-all inserts may not be enough. Custom orthotics are another option that many patients consider. A podiatrist can examine the feet and create an insole that can best counter the effects of flat feet, and can fit well into any shoes that are purchased. An impression of the feet will be taken, and an orthotic device can be constructed which can give provide adequate arch support. If you enjoy running and have flat feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist, who can help you with 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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