Flat Feet: How do you know?

Let’s find out if you have flat feet first:

  1. Get your feet wet.
  2. Stand on a flat surface where your footprint will show, such as on a concrete walkway.
  3. Step away and look at the prints. If you see complete imprints of the bottom of your feet on the surface, then you’re likely to have flat feet.

Now that you have completely soaked up your floor, you now officially know your answer.

The causes of flat feet can vary.

Most people are born flat-footed and they have no problem concerning their feet or any joints related to their feet.  Others may have a stretched or torn tendon, nerve problems, or possibly a broken or dislocated bone causing them to become flat-footed. While some women become temporary flat-footed from pregnancy, one of the many joys gained from childbirth.

Symptoms of flat feet really vary on the cause. If you were born with flat feet you might get along just fine in life and in footwear.

If you have flat feet or fallen arches because of age, nerve damage, or tendon damage some of the remedies may help. Symptoms could be painful feet especially in the arches and heels, the inside bottom of your feet become swollen, and back and leg pain. The safest bet is always to go to your doctor and find out for sure. Some podiatrist offers injections of corticosteroids to ease the pain and inflammation.

  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain Relief Medication
  • Rest and Ice down
  • Shoe Modifications – Braces, Cast

Shoe shopping for those with flat feet have to become more conscience of the arch support.


What does it mean to have fallen arches?

Years of using your feet to walk, run, and jump eventually may take its toll. One of the eventual consequences could be a fallen arch. The posterior tibial tendon becomes weakened after long-term wear a tear. The posterior tibial tendon is the main support structure of the arch of our feet. The tendon can become inflamed (tendinitis) after overuse – sometimes it can even become torn. Once the tendon is damaged, the arch shape of the foot may flatten.