Treating Flat Feet Before It is Too Late

How to Treat Flat Feet

Treating Flat Feet - Comparison Chart

Flat Feet Comparison Diagram

You may have heard the expression: “Huh! I have flat feet”. We think, alright you have fleet and move on. The truth and the matter is, flat feet does actually exist. In fact it is a very common condition amongst the population. Having flat feet is a condition affecting the foot structure. It all starts when you are a baby or when you are very young as a toddler. What happens is that prior to walk babies an toddlers will have the longitudinal arch  that is not developed resulting in a flat foot.

Generally your feet are flexible and the arch will form up and appear. When a child starts to stand on their toes, this is the time the arch will begin to form. As you grow older, the arch continues its development. By the time you become an adult, your arches have developed in a normal fashion.

When talking about flat feet, we associate flat feet with pronation. A pronation is when the foot tend to roll in or lean inward. Your bones in your foot will going towards this interior of this straight imaginary line dissecting the length of the foot. So when you wear shoes, as a child, your shoes will wear in a way both are leaning towards the inside or towards each other. Continuing on like this, the foot can’t go back to its normal position since the shoe is worn out in a way the pronation occurred over time.

When you flat feet, most of the time, you will not feel any pain. When the pain becomes evident, especially with children, then it is imperative to see a podiatrist and complete assessment.

Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis

Flat foot or flat feet is also known in the medical jargon as tibialis posterior tendonitis. When tibialis posterior tendonitis becomes a progressive and gradual pain in an adult, it is also referred as having an inflammation of the tendon at the tibialis posterior.

When this condition occurs, what is exactly happening is that the tibialis posterior tendon is inflamed, micro-torn, stretched, or torn. If you leave it untreated, further complications can develop. Complications such as chronic pain is a strong possibility.

The pain or inflammation originating from tibialis posterior tendonitis is very uncomfortable. Furthermore, it is worse if the posterior tendonitis is also affected by a progressive functional talotarsal joint subluxation. This long term is also referred as “collapsing feet”, “over-pronating feet”, “flat feet”. This is at the point where an abnormal attachment of the affected tendon to the bones in the mid-foot has taken place.

Treating Flat Feet With Orthotics and Laser Program

The best method in treating flat feet is to build a specific design of an orthotic that the patient will have to wear simultaneously with an ankle and foot brace. One great example of these braces is the “Ritchie Brace”.

After the collapsing feet are stabilized, the professionals will move on to the administration of a specific anti-pain and anti-inflammatory laser treatment program. This laser treatment program is 4 sessions normally. It is treated over a two-week period to promote faster and better tendon healing.

Conclusion

When suffering from collapsible feet or flat feet, the condition should not be delayed. It will bring further complications and you will suffer much more. In addition, it will reduce your capability of doing more physical activities. Don’t wait until it is too late and take care of those feet, if you suffer from flat feet. It is important if you are having this condition that treating flat feet now will have long term positive effects.

Proper Foot Care – Take Care Of Your Feet!

In a lifetime a person will walk from 5000 to 6000 steps daily. The same person will travel a distance that equals 2 1/2 times around the Earth. Needless to say, your feet will get a lot of wear and tear. There are ways to take care of your feet and when you look at it, it’s not very complicated. Below are some easy tips to avoid being in pain. There is apparently an estimated 20% to 25% of the world’s population suffering foot pain. This range from arthritis to plantar fasciitis to heel spurs.

Take Care Of Your Feet By Keeping Your Feet Clean

keeping your feet clean is the base in having healthy feet. Your feet should be clean daily either by bathing them or simply by having a shower. When bathing your feet, you should be soaking them 10 to 15 feet. Cleaning your feet should be the initial step before any other care is administered to your feet. Once clean, dry them thoroughly. get between the toes and wipe any water in there. If you dry your feet thoroughly, you will avoid the presence of bacteria’s forming up leading to more problems in the future.

Take Care Of Your Feet By Wearing The Right Shoes

Take care Of Your Feet With Proper Foot Care

Walking Barefoot

We all want to look cool, trendy and at times relaxed. This is very apparent with the selection of our shoes to match either an event or a situation we are in. As an example, at the beach, you will want to wear a sandal to be more comfortable and avoid unnecessary sand to get in your shoes. It is easier to remove and just walk barefoot in the sand.

One thing to remember when it comes to the right shoes to wear is that the foot is complicated. In your foot, you have 28 bones, close to 30 joints, ligaments, soft tissues, blood vessels and nerves. When they are stuffed in a shoe too small or too big, your foot will take the shape of that shoe and will lead to pain and a lack of blood circulation.

In Foot Revitalize, we recently published an article on wearing the right running shoes when running or for daily wear. You can read on it here.

What is important to know about wearing the right shoes is that you must respect the anatomy of the foot. You should be wearing shoes that will match the foot and is comfortable to the foot. This means having to wear them for many hours and be comfortable. Your shoes will often dictate the posture you will have. Bottom line, your feet affect other area of the body such as knees and back. You should always look for a shoe where the seams will not intrude and rub constantly against sensitive parts of the foot.

If have to wear plastic shoes (like the CROC’s), wear them in a limited fashion. People will stay in them all day thinking they are comfortable. Actually they have an adverse effect on your feet. Plastic shoes will trigger plenty of sweating in them since they don’t breathe. Even with holes in them. Extreme sweating leads to planter’s warts, athlete’s foot and other forms of bacteria’s which results in…stinky feet.

Wearing high heels can also have a negative impact on your feet. Like the plastic shoes, wear them in moderation. If you are working in high heels, remove them at your desk. When going to and returning from work, wear a pair of running shoes that will support your feet while being comfortable.

High heels can cause issues like calluses, heel spurs and Achilles tendinitis.

Consult a Podiatrist If You Have Foot Problems

When problems arise with your feet, do not wait and think it will go away. You will need to consult a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can be of great help in cases such as: planters’ warts, corns or ingrowing toenails, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

By not addressing those nagging issues will lead to major issues in the future. If you are suffering from diabetes, regular consultations with a podiatrist and monitoring your feet is mandatory. If you are an elderly, you could be suffering from osteoarthritis. So a visit at your podiatrist is an excellent preventive care.

Children should also see a podiatrist if they start having supination or over-pronation of their feet. many times it starts at an early young age and seeing a podiatrist is strongly recommended.

The frequency for seeing a podiatrist should be every six months for people with more serious issues. For minor foot problems an annual vist will do.

Hydrate and Exfoliate Your Feet

Take Care of Your feet With proper Hydration

Tea Tree Oil For Your Feet

Having to hydrate and exfoliate your feet can be a very healthy way to take care of your feet. We have discussed in details and described the steps to exfoliate your feet here at Foot Revitalize. When you exfoliate your feet, you are removing the dead skin and you rejuvenate your feet by doing so.

Hydration can be addressed with an excellent hydration cream after the exfoliation is completed. Exfoliation involves the soaking and the scrubbing of those dead skin cells. It is a great tool to remove calluses on your heels and the ball of your foot. If you wish to read more on exfoliation and hydration of your feet, simply click here.

One final way to cap a proper foot care is to have regular foot massage. massaging your feet can be accomplished by another person, yourself or through electric foot massagers. Foot massage can address other health problems through reflexology where certain areas of the foot controls the proper functioning of an organ. Use a organic oil, when getting your foot massage. It will penetrate the skin and hydrate it at the same time.

If you find these foot care tips, please comment and offer feedback on how you take care of your feet. It will help other readers and will make this site much stronger for your benefit.

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Jean Bertrand

Jean is the founder of Foot Revitalize and is the main contributor to Foot Revitalize. A runner and a serviceman, he has researched many foot issues and studies. Currently living in Canada, he enjoys writing about Foot Care for the benefit of its many readers.

Your Feet Need a Homemade Pedicure

Homemade pedicure or Salon Pedicure - Pamper Yur feet

Pampering Your Feet

When you take care of yourself, you think of skin care like your face or simply using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. But nobody seem to think that your feet also need the care like any other body parts. Feet often get ignored in the caring process. It is when your feet hurt that you get the reminder.

Your feet need to be pampered and cared for and what a better way to give yourself a homemade pedicure or head down to your local pedicure salon. Push these hard and unwanted chores for an hour or two and take the time for a homemade pedicure. If you are going to make time for it, the weekend is probably the best time.  During the holidays or time off, take the time to give yourself a pedicure too. This is the moment to get pampered and you deserve it.

Why You Need A Homemade Pedicure

But if you are at home, a homemade pedicure can be very relaxing and you will enjoy it. For those heading to the salon, a pedicure will also include the proper care your feet need starting with a thorough cleaning. Your feet will feel soft, relaxed and healthy.

For those of you who aren’t women or metrosexual, a pedicure is a beauty treatment for your feet – it involves cleaning and improving their appearance with a set of steps.

Your nails are clipped and filed, the callus (hard skin) is taken care of, these days many places also offer a foot rub and leg massage all the way up to the knees. In the end, your toenails are painted with a shade you like.

Taking good care of your feet is imperative. Wrong, uncomfortable shoes, etc can leave your heels cracked and your feet with calluses and corns, ingrown toenails. If left untreated, dirt can get accumulated and make the condition worse. A homemade pedicure will take care of all this.

How to choose the right one

If it is your first pedicure session or one after over six months, go for a more elaborate treatment. The treatments involves the massage of your feet and legs. The cleaning process will be longer too. Though it will be a bit expensive, it will give your feet the care they’ve been craving for. If you regularly keep your feet primed and proper, you can opt for a basic pedicure every couple of months just to pamper them once in a while.

Some other types include pedicure to remove tan wherein a pack is applied to your feet in addition to the cleaning and massage. If your feet are dry and in dire need of moisture, then a pedicure with paraffin wax is done to lock in the lost moisture and make them soft. If you suffer from pain in your feet, then an elaborate massage using hot stone therapy can be done. Choices are aplenty depending on what kind of treatment you are looking for. So keep your feet’s condition in mind when you opt for a pedicure.

These days, many people opt for a fish pedicure where they nibble on your toes and eat off the dead skin cells. But there is a high risk of infection involved as it is not possible to clean the tub completely with the fish in it and this can give rise to bacteria. Also, the fish need to be changed from time to time which may not be followed everywhere. it is better to steer clear of such a pedicure than get infected with something. The beauty treatment has been banned by various salons abroad.

Though a salon treatment sounds fancy, it is always better to check if the place is hygienic enough or else you can end up with feet infection.

Make sure the tub in which you soak your feet in is clean and the water is fresh. The instruments used for the pedicure are sterilized and the towels aren’t used and old.

How to do it at home

If you do not wish to go to a salon, you can even give yourself a pedicure at home. Below is a comprehensive homemade pedicure guide.

Fill a small tub with warm water and add a few drops of olive oil or any essential oil in it. Now soak your feet in it for at least 15 minutes. This will help soften your skin especially the calluses. Next, dry them with a towel and apply cuticle cream on your toes and use a cuticle pusher to push them back. You can use a toothpick to clean your nails also.

Using a pumice stone or brush, gently scrape off the dead skin cells by rubbing it on your feet but in the same direction. Wash your feet again and then apply a moisturiser and massage your feet for as long as you like.

Now for your nails, first cut them with a nail clipper – be careful to not cut too deep or too much around the edges. Next, file them in the desired shape and remove your old nail paint with a nail polish remover. Apply a base coat (transparent nail polish) and let it dry. Choose a shade you like and put the first coat. After it dries off, apply the second coat.

You will have happy feet and they will feel healthy!