When we are born we are given our own unique set of feet. They grow with us and mold into the feet that we will use for our entire lives. They get a lot of use yet are sometimes left unnoticed. Not all feet are created equally, but they do all have a similar structure. One such feature of the foot is the arch. The arch gives our feet a little bit of a curve and is made out of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As a baby’s foot grows, it either forms an arch or remains flat. When the foot does not have an arch, the condition is known as flat feet, which is very common.
Flat feet can cause an individual a lot of pain and discomfort during day to day activities. Although many people can argue about what constitutes a flat foot, typically a flat foot is considered to be when it has no recognizable arch or less of an arch than a “normal foot.”
In the past, flat feet could cause a person a lot of problems. That is because it would prevent them from being able to partake in everyday activities such as sports. It also barred a lot of people from being able to enter the military as they considered it a liability and a risk. Today, people with flat feet can enjoy sports and still partake in military service. This is because there a lot of treatment options available for people who suffer from painful flat feet.
The most important thing to do when you have flat feet is to buy proper fitting shoes. Proper fitting shoes can aid and eliminate the pain that flat feet can cause. If the shoe is comfortable, provides stability, cushion, and shock absorption than your flat feet won’t be that noticeable.
Another common treatment option for flat feet is the use of orthotics. Orthotics can be custom made for your feet and be inserted directly into your shoes. Orthotics provide support and stability to the arch when your foot cannot. They can be molded in a podiatrist’s office and then tailored to your individual foot.
Do you have flat feet? Are they often painful and achy? Do your feet feel tired after a long day? Don’t allow yourself to live in needless pain, call a podiatrist today. Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, New York, is home to foot specialist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico. Dr. D’Amico and his highly trained staff can help get your flat feet into a more blissful state. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today. Do not let your flat feet rule your life.