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Flat feet

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Fallen arches, or "flat feet," occur when the arch of the foot collapses, causing the whole sole of the foot to make contact with the ground. Many people in the modern world suffer from this musculoskeletal alignment problem, especially those who are overweight or who often partake in activities that place excessive stress on the foot, such jogging or dancing.

Our forebears were more physically active and participated in a wide variety of physical pursuits, both of which likely mitigated the effects of flat feet on their health. Flat feet can be caused by a combination of modern sedentary lifestyles and the use of technology like computers and cellphones.

Obesity, pregnancy, and certain medical problems like diabetes all increase the likelihood that a person may have flat feet. Pain in the foot, ankle, and lower leg, as well as difficulties with balancing and moving about, are just some of the complications that can result from having flat feet.

Very few individuals have any idea about some of the specifics of flat feet. Knee issues are one potential consequence. Patellofemoral pain syndrome is one complication that can arise from inwardly rotating knees, a result of the abnormal foot and ankle alignment that characterises flat feet. Because of the changed posture of the lower body, flat feet can also lead to issues with the lower back and hips. The discomfort of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue that runs the length of the sole of the foot, can be exacerbated by having flat feet. These health problems can be prevented by treating flat feet and working to strengthen and properly align the foot and ankle.

A number of treatments exist to help alleviate the symptoms of flat feet and lessen the likelihood that they may progress to more serious conditions. Foot and ankle strengthening exercises, using arch supports or orthotic inserts when standing or walking, and taking pauses from activities that cause excessive foot stress are all options. Avoiding high heels and opting instead for shoes with more support might also be beneficial. By treating flat feet and making an effort to strengthen and align the foot and ankle, people can lessen their chances of developing musculoskeletal issues and enjoy better health.

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