How to correct flat feet- Different treatment for flat feet

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Do I have Flat Feet?  

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Follow these three steps:

  1. Get your feet wet. Stand on a flat surface where your footprint will show,such as on a concrete walkway.
  2. Step away and look at the prints. If you see complete   
    imprints of the bottom of your feet on the surface,
    then you’re likely to have flat feet.
  3. Most people have a gap under the arch of
    their footwhen they are standing. … People with flat
    feet or fallen arches either have no arch, or it is very
    low. The feet of people with fallen arches may roll      
    over to the inner side when they are standing or
    walking, known as over-pronation. The feet may point
    outward.

Fix flat feet?

Version for Beginners:    

  • Start with toes spread out and bare feet on a flat even surface.
  • Place a tennis ball or penny under the ball of your foot and the end of a pen under the middle of your arch (sticking out from the inside of your foot).
  • Activate your arch by flexing your arch muscle. …  
  • Do your best to keep your toes relaxed.
    If you have flat feet, your feet don’t have a normal
    arch when you’re standing. This can cause pain when you do extensive physical activity. The condition is referred to as pes planus, or fallen arches.

Flat feet are normal in infants and usually disappears by ages 2-3 as the tendons and ligaments in the foot and leg strengthen and tighten. A symptomatic flat feet is another type that can be more serious.

Rheumatoid arthritis has been known to cause deterioration in the tendons in the foot (or both feet) which can cause this condition, and if left untreated may result in deformity and early onset of osteoarthritis of the joint.

It’s not always this way but in some cases, Flat feet in particular can cause misalignment with the ankle, which causes abnormal joint connection, which can cause misalignment in the knee joint. Also in turn which can affect your hips, which also affects the way you walk. That affects the spine, especially your lower back.

Runners who over-correct may be more susceptible to shin splints, back problems and tendonitis in the knee. Many instances is not directly from flat feet, but is a result of over-pronation (side to side movement). Some flat-footed runners don’t experience any problems even though they have flat feet, simply because they do not over pronate.

Barefoot runners and researches on the topic hold the perspective mostly, high arches and flat feet are not a problem. One of the reasons they came up for running in bare-foot is to help strengthen your feet and arches; is that landing with a mid-foot or forefoot strike can actually engage the muscles in your feet much better.

In more Serious cases Flat foot reconstruction surgery is performed
to relieve pain and restore function in people whose footarches are very low and where orthotics have not helped. As said above in these cases problems may be caused by a deformity, damage can happen to the tendon which supports the deformity, arthritis,  or arches, in the joints around the heel.

Exercises to help with flat feet:     
  • Bend your knees slightly and roll onto the outer edges of your feet.
  • Keep the weight on your outer feet and
    slowly raise up on your toes.
  • You should feel your longitudinal arch stretching;   once you do, hold that position for five seconds.
  • Repeat five times each day.    
  • Also try placing a can or ball of some sort and rolling it from front to back 5 times per foot once per day.

And of Course the Solution maybe as simple as Investing into Proper Footwear!    

If you have any comments or thoughts you would like to add to this topic please feel free to share in the comment section below….

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