Flat feet can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, age, and weight, and they can also result in painful body issues.
A physical therapist can treat and recommend simple lifestyle changes such as muscle lengthening and strengthening exercises, arch-lifting shoes and insoles, and posture building exercises, in order to engage and strengthen the feet, legs, and core.
Those with flat feet should consult with a physical therapist to determine what treatment methods would be best to relieve pain and improve body mechanics. Contact us today to learn more!
There is a chance that your physical therapist may recommend custom orthotics to help with your flat feet. There are many benefits to using custom orthotics, including:
Arches are what provide elasticity and flexibility, allowing the middle of the foot to spread and contract. Arches absorb shock and contribute to the strength and balance of the foot.
Arches also aid in the distribution of weight evenly across the entire foot. When the foot is flat, the rest of the body has to compensate for the lack of arch, putting additional strain on the feet, knees, and back, causing inflammation and pain.
When you arrive for your appointment, your physical therapist will examine your specific problems to determine the big picture. They will explain how the feet are the foundation of the entire body and how maintaining their strength will help alleviate pain throughout the body, including ankle, knee, and back pain.
Footwear with substantial arch support, insoles to relieve foot pressure, daily stretching exercises for both the feet and legs, ice therapy to reduce inflammation, physical therapy to correct walking patterns, and even ankle braces or injections are some common ways to treat flat feet. Your physical therapist can prescribe the necessary treatments for your specific needs.
According to Healthline,
“Flat feet (pes planus) are commonly known as fallen or collapsed arches. It’s a relatively common condition that can affect up to 30 percent of the population, causing symptoms in 1 in 10 of these people. Usually, both feet are affected, but it’s possible to have a fallen arch on only one foot.
Flat feet are caused by a variety of conditions including injuries, obesity, and arthritis. Aging, genetics, and pregnancy can also contribute to flat feet. You’re also more likely to have flat feet if you have a neurological or muscular disease such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spina bifida.”
There are many different stretches you can do to help relieve the pain of flat feet, including:
If you have flat feet, relief may be just around the corner! Contact us right away to schedule a consultation and take the first steps toward relief.