When you have flat feet, you will notice the absence of a well-formed curve or arch in the middle of your foot. You will also notice your foot flattening on to the ground anytime you put weight on it.
A flatfoot posture is typically responsible for a number of foot conditions that can cause pain anywhere across the bottom of the feet – most often, the heel and arch.
Any added stress on flat feet, such as ill-fitting shoes or hard training surfaces, can make this pain worse.
With your feet guiding the movement of your whole body, you can expect a flattened arch to create problems not only in the foot, but also in the way your lower body moves.
This increases your chances of developing common health complaints such as low back pain or knee pain.
For athletes, having flat feet can further add to the stress resulting from quick or sharp movements during a game. This raises the risk of developing common conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and knee injuries.
If a person has foot posture problems, the feet may not be able to absorb these forces properly. For example, with flat feet, the plantar fascia ligament, which is responsible for stabilising the foot arch, stretches excessively.
If left untreated for a long period of time, such posture problems may cause joint pain, arthritis and muscle tension because of the strain on your body from trying to adapt to the lack of foot support.
With age, there is also a possibility of the ligaments and tendons in the foot not stretching or contracting like they would in a normal foot. This can cause loss of elasticity.
This is necessary to protect you from foot conditions or injuries that develop as a result of foot posture problems such as flat feet.
People often wonder if there’s a cure for flat feet. While it is tempting to seek out a permanent solution for the condition, it helps to know which treatment is the most effective in getting results.
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