The most common foot shape has a gentle mid-foot arch that raises the medial (inside) edge of the foot off the ground. However, some people do not have this natural arch.
What Causes Flat Feet
Infants and toddlers often have flat feet. In fact, full arch development may not be complete until about age six. However, flat feet may persist into adulthood for up to 20% of the population. Environment and genetics may both be factors.
Normal arches may also fall, resulting in flat feet. Certain risk factors make fallen arches more likely, including:
- Excess weight, including weight gain during pregnancy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Flat feet may also develop as a result of injury or because of tendons that are too short or that grow weak with age.
Symptoms of Flat Feet
Many people with flat feet have no symptoms. Others may experience:
- Foot fatigue
- Foot pain, usually in the heels and arches
- Swelling on the medial side of the foot
Because fallen arches may affect joint alignment, people with flat feet often experience pain up the kinetic chain in their ankles, knees, legs and lower back.
Possible Flat Feet Solutions
People experiencing pain from flat feet have a number of treatment options. However, pain relief solutions usually only address symptoms since flat feet may only be permanently corrected by surgery.
Among the most commonly prescribed treatment for flat feet is shoes with orthotic support. After-market or custom orthotics support weak or short ligaments, providing an artificial arch that the foot cannot sustain on its own. Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear® has an adjustable built-in orthotic to provide the support you need without compromising foot space that can lead to other foot health issues.
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