Fallen Arches / Flat feet
What are Fallen Arches?
Flat feet is the term used when the arch of the foot is lower than normal. This condition is also known as fallen arches.
The three dimension structure of the foot forms an arch shape when looked at from the inside profile, with the middle part off the ground and the heel and ball of the foot touching the ground. However, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the arch never develops properly or it might flatten.
Knowing what type of foot you have and how it works can help you avoid problems and remain active throughout your life.
How can this happen?
This can happen when the muscles and tendons of the adult foot are not working properly and the arch of the foot appears to be non existent.
Much of the time this can be attributed to the muscle Tibialis Posterior.
Genetics can play a large roll in arch height also with various populations having a genetic predisposition to lower arch height.
Obesity can also lead to the arch falling, as can various arthridities (especially rheumatoid) as well as diabetes in cases like Charcot foot.
If flat feet aren’t causing pain or concerns, you don’t need to treat them! PERIOD!.
However, if you are having symptoms, treatment might include:
Strenegthening exercises first
orthotics (special inserts for your shoes, sometimes known as arch supports, that can help you manage pain or injury associated with flat feet)
stretches to improve flexibility
wearing more supportive shoes
Global Rehabilitation Network
We provide a complete program of 12 consecutive weeks of instructions on how to conservatively manage this injury
We provide a global network of therapists that can chat remotely via our Telehealth services to guide you through the process week by week for minimal cost.