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What can they do about your flat feet?

Author: OWange

"Flat feet" or fallen arches, is when somebody's arch has crumpled so that the complete sole of the foot has contact with the floor or bottom of the shoe when an individual is walking. The "normal" or ideal foot has a raised arch on the inside of both feet. The right way to measure this is in a weight bearing position.

Roughly 20-30% of the population's arches don't develop fully, on either or both feet. Children and infants don't have arches, but as they grow and the foot is utilized more, the arch will form, bolster and develop. Your feet are built to adapt. I've seen photo's of a woman that wore ballet type shoes her whole life and her feet became deformed in the form of the shoes. It amazed me that the feet would take on this round shape, and will conform their shape to the shoes you put them in. Wearing shoes like sandals and slippers that offer no arch support can end up flattening your arches. Flat feet can be due to wearing high heels.

( The Achilles heel shortens and tightens making the ankle not bend properly and leaves the arch to pick up the slack. ) Having flat feet doesn't reduce running speed, or hamper performance of your feet, but may cause pain. When there is not any arch in your foot,the of other bits of your feet have to compensate. This will create pain in the legs or back thanks to the load on the calves. Fallen arches can also lead straight to Plantar Fasciitis, which can happen when the base of the feet stretches too far and starts to tear or becomes inflamed. In a bunch of cases of flat feet, the base of the foot will become stiff. Flat feet have also been linked with pronation, or the foot turning too far inward. The foot naturally makes this movement while walking, however it is said to be a sickness when the foot rolls inward too far, throwing your feet out of strike and alignment.

What can be done about your flat feet? Arch supports can supply help with the foot agony linked with low or no arches. Arch supports raise the fallen arch and support the foot in the position it was planned to be in. Your weight is also shared properly across your feet. It's critical to get your arch supports fitted as you stand in a weight bearing position. Most podiatrists measure your feet when you lay down and then they cast your feet. This does not properly make allowances for your weight bearing position. Only VFAS ( vertical foot alignment system ) can correctly measure and correct your position in a weight bearing position. Supports bought over the Net or in a chemist don't take under consideration your foot makeup in a weight bearing position.

Your shoe size isn't your arch size. You can both wear a size 9 shoe, but have seriously different needs in arch supports. When you go to the foot alignment clinic, remember to bring in the shoes you wear the most. You don't need to live with foot, leg and back rigidity! Get back to enjoying those activities you used to like doing.

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