Our feet take quite a beating. Every day, we use them to walk, run, or stand for significant periods of time.
As we go about our lives, the tendons, bones, ligaments, and muscles in our feet work together to provide support and allow us to move freely. They are constantly under stress and strain, which can sometimes lead to problems.
One of the most common problems that people experience is flat feet.
Flat feet can be painful for many sufferers, and as your balance starts in the feet, it can also lead to problems with the ankles, knees, and hips.
Let’s look at the causes of flat feet and how we can treat them.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet, also called fallen arches, is a condition in which the arch of the foot collapses. This can cause the foot to become flat instead of raised like it normally is, so the entire sole, from toes to heel, comes into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.
Flat feet can occur for a variety of reasons. For some people, it’s simply a matter of genetics, and they are born with inherited flat feet.
Others may develop flat feet due to a health condition, such as arthritis or an injury. Obesity can also play a role, as the added weight on the feet and ankles puts extra stress on these areas and can cause the arches to collapse.
Whatever the cause, flat feet can be painful and make it difficult to walk or stand for long periods, which is why many sufferers seek treatment.