Flat Feet

by Sam Malone


What if you are caught flatfooted? Does this mean you have flat feet? Flat feet sounds like you are having one of those for ducks. But flat feet is a condition where the foot doesn't have regular curve and the full sole of the foot is almost touching the round. This condition can be true to one or both feet. All babies in their infancy have flat feet. Normal and ordinary. But when they grow up and the longitudinal arch has not appeared, chances are you have this condition. In children corrective shoes for flat feet can facilitate the proper development of the longitudinal arch. But a child with flexible feet will not encounter restrictions in sports or other physical activities. Besides flexible feet do not set off pain or arthritis in grown ups. Normally flat feet do not induce pain or other problems. But if pain on the foot happens, a look see on your foot can tell the difference.

Flat feet condition is not only hereditary; it can be caused by injury on the tendon, called fallen arches. This condition is also owing to a biochemical complaint such as fore foot varus, in plain words, abnormal walking. When shoes are lopsided and pain in the leg occurs, flat foot is just under your sole. This is usually true in adults. Flat foot can give rise to weakening pain on the foot as well as knee pain, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. But awareness on one's part regarding flat foot can be significant. There are ways to detect if you have this condition. Try the footprint test on the sand or after getting out of the swimming pool. Take a look at your footprint on the concrete floor, if the strip that connects the toes to the heel is thin, then you have an arch, if the strip is flat out, you have flat foot. There are other tests that can show flat foot condition. But not to be taken lightly if you have foot pain with flat foot condition, because there is bound to have a problem. Trouble can arise at the posterior tibial tendon, the main tendon that holds up the arch. There are aspects that can trigger this problem. Mostly they are obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and exercise overuse. Treatment at this point can vary. And surgery may be resorted to as the last relief. But can supply the lasting relief but is normally expensive.

In some cases in adults also, shoes for flat feet can be used to assuage the warnings of flat foot. Consultation with an orthpaedic surgeon can help understand what causes foot pain. The orthopaedic surgeon specializes in the surgical treatment of musculoskeletal system involving bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. He is an expert in managing the orthopedic conditions budding bodies. They can handle children other young children and their families like surrogate fathers. Findings and medications for flat foot are directed towards assisting the patients in functioning normally.


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