The arch in your foot creates an upward curve that is supported by tendons and ligaments. When these tendons and ligaments collapse, your arch falls down, and you may have a condition referred to as “flat feet.”
If you have flat feet, your foot will roll inward, and your sole will be very close to touching the ground. Since your feet are the foundation of your entire body, people with flat feel often experience problems with their skeletal structure and find that their joints get out of alignment. Having flat feet can also cause you to experience chronic discomfort throughout your lower back and your hips.
To determine if you have flat feet, it’s a good idea to analyze where you feel pain in your lower body joints and your feet. You can do this by asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you regularly feel pain in your feet and/or the inside of your ankles?
- It is uncomfortable to walk or stand, especially if you have to do so for an extended period of time?
- When standing barefoot, do the arches of your feet touch the floor or come very close to it?
- Is your posture in your hips and your lower back strained?
If your answer to any of these questions was “yes,” there’s a good chance that you have flat feet. At Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic, we’d like to discuss this further with you and help you discover solutions that can help you find relief from the pain you’re experiencing.