2. Foot Pain due to Flat Feet
Most of us are born with an arch in the lower part of our feet, which can be seen even when standing. However, a small percentage of people are born without this gap. When standing, their feet lay flat on the ground or with just a little gap. Flat feet is the name given to those born without an arch. This is not a provoked illness, individuals that suffer from it were born this way.
If this condition is discovered and treated at a young age, it can be corrected. This would prevent any foot pain. However, if left untreated it can affect not only the gait and foot position, but provoke a constant amount of pain. Additionally, pain can get worse if the person stands for a long period of time or uses flat shoes. If you happen to belong to the second group, don’t worry about it!
There are several ways to help you manage and correct your flat feet. One of the main ones is to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedist. This is due to the fact that your modified stride due to flat feet will eventually affect your gait and bone structure. This can change the position of your leg and hip bones. A professional will be able to guide you back to a normal and painless stride!
Tips to solve this issue:
- Whenever you can, go barefoot. You will feel the benefit in your own muscles.
- Most shoes are not apt for flat feet and they will actually do more harm than benefit. So make sure to ask your podiatrist for appropriate shoes or soles.
- Request professional help to learn how to do proper stretches to modify your stride.
- Use a golf ball and roll it under your foot to stretch your plantar ligaments.