One or both of your feet may have little to no arch, which is referred to as having flat feet or being flatfooted. The foot pads press into the ground as you stand. An arch in the foot is often invisible, though occasionally it can be seen when you lift the foot. One or both of your feet may have little to no arch, which is referred to as having flat feet or being flatfooted. The foot pads press into the ground as you stand. An arch in the foot is often invisible, though occasionally it can be seen when you lift the foot.
All babies have flat feet but start developing arches as they grow and for some , they never do . For some having flat feet doesn't affect them but for others it makes walking and standing a painful experience . In such cases treatment is needed . For others they develop flat feet as a result of lifestyle methods .In this case , lack of exercise and sitting for long periods of time without stretching the body results in flat feet.
This can be noticed by how your shoe looks on the inside corners . If your shoes always get "finished" from the inside corners than the outward corners then you may have flat feet and care and attention is needed
Causes of Flat feet
3.Vitamin deficiency/ calcium deficiency
4.Rickets as a child
People with flat feet also usually have knocked knees and this is because there is uneven distribution of body weight on the lower body .
Lack of enough mobility and movement together with weak bones / vitamin result in the lower body being affected . Luckily there are exercises and steps proven to improve this and get arched feet
1.Use Of Insoles
Individuals who have flat feet require insoles which offer structural support to allow them to have support while performing tasks which they would normally complain of pain. An example is working out at the gym or standing for a while .The flat feet can't carry the pressure of the body but the insoles help mimmick an arched feet which in turn distributes the body weight equally to relieve pressure.
Knowing whether you have stiff flat feet or flexible flat feet is the first step in choosing the finest insoles for flat feet. It's critical to distinguish between stiff and flexible flat feet since each arch requires a different flat foot insole arch height.
When you stand on stiff flat feet, they remain flat even when your feet aren't carrying any weight. You have stiff flat feet if you cross one foot over the other knee and it still seems flat.
in this case low arch height insole is recommended
When you stand on flexible flat feet, they are flat, but when they are unweighted, they display an arch.
For this medium arch insoles work best
Weak ankles is one contributor to flat feet . Lack of ankle movement promotes this condition by causing the tendons on the feet to collapse inwards . This is usually caused by sitting on work desk so much and not stretching the body enough and gaining weight
To fix this one should exercise by moving the ankles as illustrated below
Heel raise strengthens the toe and arch area and overtime create projection for heel arch .
3.Maintain Better Body Posture
Sometimes your body posture affects how your legs , knees and physique is . Be aware of how you rest your body. If you find out that you push your body outward and strain your spine or slouch , chances are the hip bone and the rest of the body posture is affected .
Keep your posture straight and your pelvis inwards
If you are the type to walk on your heel , switch it up and consciously determine yourself to walk on your tip toes .
Also balance your body with the outside of your feet instead of inwards . Do this while incorporating the other exercises to see improvement.
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