Treatment For Flat Feet
Most people have arches on the bottom of their feet, where the bottom of the foot curves upwards on the inner side. This usually develops as a child. Some people, however, never develop these arches. Their feet remain flat, with practically the whole bottom of the foot touching the floor. This condition is either referred to as “flat feet” or “fallen arches”. Although for some people this never presents any problems, for others it can have troublesome symptoms.
What causes flat feet?
As mentioned, often flat feet present themselves with age. You can inherit flat feet from your parents. However, they can also be caused by some other factors and health problems. It could be that the feet bones have not developed properly in the womb, for example. Or you may have a health condition that results in you having loose connective tissue, such as hypermobility or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Alternatively, your connective tissue in the feet may have become inflamed or stretched due to injury, age or excessive strain. Finally, flat feet may be caused by conditions that impact on the nerves and muscles, for example spina bifida, muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of flat feet
Some people with flat feet experience pain in various parts of the body. This is usually primarily in the feet, ankles and knees, but can also be in the lower back and hips. Because of the fallen arches, people with flat feet can also find that their feet have a tendency to roll inwards. This I called “overpronation”. You will be able to see evidence of this if the inner sides of your shoes wear out quickly. It can make you prone to injuries and cause general pain.
Treatment for flat feet
If you are experiencing pain caused by flat feet, there are various things you can do to reduce the strain placed on your feet and legs. You can make sure to wear sturdy and supportive shoes. You can also take pain killers to ease the pain, and if you are overweight then losing weight can also help.
Your doctor may also refer you to a physiotherapist, who can show you exercise to help stop your foot from rolling over and stretch the connective tissues and muscles in your lower legs.
Insoles are also a great, fast-acting way to alleviate pain caused by flat feet.
Wearing specially-designed insoles can help to support your flat feet and make walking more comfortable. Luxis luxury insoles have a built-in, cushioned metatarsal support pad to provide additional support to the area where it’s needed: the feet’s metatarsal bones. The whole insole also offers super-comfortable cushioning to keep your feet from getting sore and tired throughout the day. Made with high-quality sheep leather, the insoles are breathable and also mould to your feet over time. This means you get a completely personalised, perfect fit, with optimum support. The shock-absorbing qualities of the insoles help to reduce impact on joints and therefore also alleviate pain. They even help to redistribute your body weight – another added benefit! If you have flat feet or general foot pain, then try out Luxis insoles today!