When you look a picture of a foot, you typically see a clear defined arch. That arch is the little arc right in the middle of your foot when looking at the inside. This curved structure is made out of tendons that help form the shape of your foot and connect the heel and the forefoot together. Without these tendons, our feet would not be the same shape we have grown to know and love.
When partaking in biomechanical activities such as walking, running, jogging, hiking, and so on and so forth, your arch is usually accentuated. However, some people do not have an arch and their inner foot looks just as flat as the its outer proponent. This condition is called a fallen arch, which also goes by other common names such as flat feet and pancake feet.
How do I know if I have Fallen Arches?
- Dip your feet in water. Make sure the water is warm and that you are not wearing socks in order for this test to work.
- Step onto a surface that will leave an obvious wet footprint. Concrete is usually a good surface to test on.
- Look at the footprint that you left behind. If the entire foot is there and it is wide, it is likely that you have fallen arches.
Causes of Fallen Arches
- Abnormality at birth
- Torn tendons
- Broken bones
- Nerve problems
Symptoms of Fallen Arches
If you suspect that you have fallen arches and experience pain in your feet, you should seek the help of a podiatrist right away. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico of Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, New York, can help get your arches feeling healthier again. With the help of his staff and an array of custom orthotics, Dr. D’Amico can have your feet feeling pain free in no time. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is important to us.