When the entire bottom of your foot comes into contact with the ground when you walk, run, or stand, then you probably have flat feet. This foot abnormality is also known as overpronation or fallen arches. You can easily tell how much of your foot is flat by wetting your feet and then standing on a flat surface so you can see by the extent of the wet area if your arches are falling all the way to the ground.
Your arch is created by the interplay of the tissues, ligaments, and tendons that connect your heel and foot bones together. This part of your foot absorbs a high percentage of the shock and pressure of your body as it moves, so when your arches aren’t working properly, a wide variety of ailments may be triggered, including knee, hip, and back problems.
Symptoms of flat feet
The majority of people who have this condition will experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- Pain, swelling, and discomfort in the heel and arch areas of your feet
- Easily tired feet
- Trouble or pain when standing on your toes
- Knee, hip, and back pain that is caused by your arch failure
Causes and risk factors
While some people are born with flat feet, other causes include:
- Stretched or torn tendons, ligaments, and other tissues
- Breaks or hairline fractures
- One or more of the many types of arthritis
- Nerve conduction difficulties and numbness
Until your arch is properly supported with a custom orthotic insert and properly fitted shoe, avoid putting excess weight and pressure on your foot. A computerized gait analysis can be performed by your podiatrist to see exactly what type of insert is best for your particular circumstances. If you have arch related foot problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!