It is rare to find someone who walks with both feet in perfect alignment. Often we walk on the inside or outside of our feet, or with our toes or heels rotated inward. These typical walking patterns can cause joint pain in the feet and discomfort and pain in other parts of the body because the alignment of the feet sets the foundation for the alignment of the whole body. One of the most common effects of improper alignment is known as flat foot.
Also known as fallen arches, the condition of flat feet is characterized by a lack of appropriate arch in the inner foot. It can be a genetic condition or the result of improper body mechanics. Often the whole of the foot will contact the ground. Because a healthy foot is structurally able to support the weight of the body thanks to the bone structure that comprises the arch, a flat foot often is unable to properly support this weight and will cause extreme pressure in the joints above, such as the ankles, knees and hips. Thus, the experience of joint pain in the feet.
As implied, if you have flat feet, you may also experience pain throughout the lower body and into the lower back region. Flat feet treatment can include prescribed orthotics to create a system of support for the body and/or surgery which can offer a more permanent solution. Contact us today to discuss which flat feet treatment option may be right for you.