What Is Flatfeet?

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What is flatfeet?

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People with flat feet are often advised to put orthotics into their shoes. They can also try Dansko. They have a very good arch support but are expensive ($100+).
I visited my doc and got a script for custom made orthotics. I took it to a foot doctor and he made an orthotic to insert into my running shoes.
Flat feet can cause a biomechanical imbalance called over-pronation. When people with over-pronation stand or walk, the arches collapse with every step they take, and the ankles roll inwards. As a result, flat feet or fallen arches may lead to painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. The most effective way to treat over-pronation is to wear an orthotic shoe insert.
I'm a 20-year-old soccer player. I am flat-footed. My feet are getting worse now. My toes are getting numb and I think I'm gonna have to get surgery.

A flat foot is normal in infants and toddlers, because the foot's arch hasn't yet developed. Some children have flexible flatfoot, in which the arch is visible when the child is sitting or standing on tiptoes but disappears when the child stands. Most children outgrow flexible flatfoot without problems. Arches can also fall over time. Years of wear and tear can weaken the tendon that runs along the inside of your ankle and helps support your arch.

Factors that can increase your risk of flatfeet include:

  • Obesity
  • Injury to your foot or ankle
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Aging
  • Diabetes

Some people with flatfeet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area. Pain may deteriorate with activity. Swelling along the inside of the ankle can also occur.