Finding someone with perfectly aligned feet is a rarity. Most often, we walk with variations, such as the inside or outside of our feet bearing more weight, or with toes and heels slightly rotated inward. These common walking patterns can lead to issues not only in the feet but also throughout the entire body, as foot alignment sets the foundation for overall body alignment. One prevalent consequence of improper alignment is known as flatfoot, or fallen arches.
Flatfoot, scientifically referred to as fallen arches, is characterized by a lack of a well-defined arch on the inner foot. It can stem from genetic factors or incorrect body mechanics. In many cases, the entire foot makes contact with the ground. Since a healthy foot’s bone structure provides the necessary support for the body’s weight, a flat foot often struggles to bear this weight adequately, resulting in heightened pressure on the joints above, including the ankles, knees, and hips.
Individuals with flat feet may also experience discomfort extending from the lower body to the lower back. Orthotics can be prescribed to establish a supportive system for the body, and in some cases, surgery may offer a more enduring solution. Reach out to us today to explore which treatment option may be the best fit for you.
Typically, flatfoot treatments begin with conservative measures, such as using orthotics and wearing supportive footwear. Surgery is an option, primarily aimed at addressing the underlying cause of flatfoot, like repairing a torn tendon. Implementing lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, can also provide significant benefits.
If you’ve noticed your arches collapsing, it’s crucial to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist promptly. While flatfeet may not initially cause discomfort, they can lead to significant wear and tear if left untreated.