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One of the health problems we see more and more is people with foot arch pain. Treating foot arch pain can be a long and painful process if don’t know how to go about it and solve this problem. With foot arch pain comes the possible culprit, which is flat foot or flat feet if you have the same issues for both of your feet.
Are you one of those people who are said to be flat footed? Having a flat foot or flat feet is a condition where the foot does not have a normal arch. You may find it affects just one or both feet. The arch is the gap between the inner side of the foot and the ground when standing up. There are many people who have very low arches and some who have no arches and are termed flat-footed. Children are very prone to flat feet and this is something as parents, you should be able to detect early in order to avoid further complications.
There are various symptoms associated with the condition, with the number dependent on the severity of the condition. Some sufferers develop corns and hard skin under the sole of their feet and the arch area can also become tender. Most flat-footed individuals tend go through shoes pretty quickly. In extreme cases some patients may experience calf, knee, hip and back pains.
What causes flat feet?
Flat-footedness may be hereditary so check your family history. It may also be the result of abnormal walking conditions caused by incorrect development of the foot. An easy way to detect this is by observing one’s walk or run. One other way is to look at the sole of the shoes worn suffering from flat feet. It will provide you an excellent indication whether the person you think has flat feet is indeed suffering from the abnormality.
A ruptured tendon may also cause flat-footedness. Cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy can also result in a flat foot condition. Suffering from flat feet can lead directly to arch pain.
Some ways to treat flat footedness include:
• Wearing wider size shoes
• Never self-treat secondary lesions
• Buy high quality insoles to take the pressure and pain away from the arch.
Traditionally, insoles (also called orthotics) are plastic inserts that are placed inside the shoe. They are one of the most common ways to treat foot arch pain. The insert cups the heel as well supports the arch, but since they aren’t flexible they don’t extend along the full length of the foot. These types of insoles are uncomfortable and ineffective for most flat-footed persons.
Although, older style insoles forced the arch into its correct position they didn’t relieve the pressure that was forcing the arch to collapse. This is the reason why new and better flexible insoles were created. Theses new breed of insoles are incredibly supportive and provide a stable treatment for flat-footed patients. But before buying insoles it would be best to consult your doctor to discuss what type of insoles are right for your unique situation.
What is arch pain?
Arch pain refers to inflammation or a burning sensation right in the arch area of the foot. The plantar fascia, a broad band of fibrous tissue found at the bottom of the foot may become inflamed leading to arch pain.
The treatments for arch pain include avoiding high-heeled shoes, and trying some high quality orthotics insoles to remove pressure (and pain) from the arch.
When looking for the best orthotics insoles for arch pain is one that offers foot support and helps correct posture and body mechanics. These types of soles are intended to prevent foot strain and injury. It also keeps feet from rolling inward, which can result in the entire lower body being out of alignment. Moreover, these types of soles cure the underlying cause of arch pain and help to restore the natural arch of the foot.
You may want to look at Foot Revitalize.com’s Best Orthotics Insoles for 2017 for more details and a solid choice.
If you think you have any of the foot problems discussed here, consult your own doctor for the treatments that will be best for your unique situation.