Some people are born with flat feet, but it can also develop in later life due to injury or an illness. However, either way, the condition is not something to be worried about too much. It may cause pain and discomfort when you walk, but there are many ways to treat it.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flat feet, a problem in the bones and joints that connect the big toe and the heel, are fairly common. They are often a result of poor development of the bones that make up the arch of your foot. When you put pressure on the feet, the bones that make up the arch sink lower, making it more likely that you’ll develop a problem, although your arches can repair over time.
What Causes Flat Feet?
There are many different causes, but a few of them are relatively common. Most of them occur as a result of inadequate arch support, injuries to the arch or an underlying medical issue, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Genetics also play a part as they can run in families. Sometimes flat feet can also be a symptom of another problem or an underlying condition.
Symptoms may include:
- Pain when you are walking
- Changes in the way you walk
- Cramp in your legs
- Muscle pain in your legs and / or feet
- Your toes or the front of your foot turns outward (Toe drift)
- Pain the arch of your foot
- Pain in your ankle
- Pain in the outside of your foot
Whilst flat feet may not cause major problems it is a good idea to get them treated as soon as possible. Your podiatrist will check your feet and advise on the best treatment depending on the cause of your problem. This will potentially make the walking experience a lot more comfortable.
- Adjusting the type of shoes you wear
- Using insoles
- Using a gel or foam insert in the shoes
- Using a shoe liner
- Having your feet wrapped
- Custom orthotics to strengthen your feet
Talking to your podiatrist and discussing your treatment options will make sure that you get the best possible treatment, and that you are walking properly so that you can avoid further problems. If you need help, please contact us for further advice and information.