What are Flatfeet?

This is a very common problem. Typically, people with flatfeet experience different types of symptoms. This can include pain in the feet, ankles, knees, hips, and low back. Many times people experiencing back pain do not realize that the problem stems from their foot function and not their back! Flatfeet can also produce calluses and corns on the feet, bunions, hammertoes, and heel pain.
The best way to tell if you have a flatfoot is to observe the arch of your foot while standing in front of a mirror. Looking at your foot while sitting or lying down will deceive you. It is essential to see the arch while your foot is functioning with body weight. You will notice very little, to no space, under your arch while on the floor. Additionally, you may notice or someone may tell you that it looks as if your heels are falling in towards each other when viewing your heels from behind. This is known as Pronation. People can have varying degrees of pronation. Very often, the structure of your foot and how much you pronate is hereditary. Now you know who to blame!!
It is important to recognize and control the flattening of your feet early in life to help prevent the problems we mentioned earlier, as well as many others that can occur. Sometimes it is as simple as utilizing a custom device that is easily utilized inside your shoes on a daily basis. These are known as custom orthotics. They are made from a mold of your feet, unlike over the counter “orthotics” that are made for 320 million other people!
Flatfoot is easily controlled and can make you be able to walk through life without thinking about pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips, or back!
Give our office a call and set up an appointment. We’ll give you Happy Feet!
Dr. Shikoff

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