SUMMARY: flat feet may be common, but this doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. It can develop later in life and cause problems to your health! Know what flat feet can do to you and how you can prevent it.
A normal foot has an arch. Your footprint appears curve because of this arch. However, not everyone has normal feet. In fact, about 20 to 30 percent of people have flat feet. If you have flat feet, it means that the arch of your foot is lower than normal or does not exist at all. The sole of a flat foot comes into almost complete contact with the ground.
Should I Be Worried If I Have Flat Feet?
Most flat feet don’t have symptoms and don’t cause pain. However, recent studies have shown that having flat feet may result in serious problems when not treated promptly. These problems include broken bones or dislocated bones. If this happens, surgery will be the only treatment option available.
Have you ever seen the soles of your feet? We usually just check the sides of our feet and never realize that there are several kinds of foot arches.
You can ask people around you if they have flat feet, and you will probably get a “no” for an answer. However, if you carefully look at their feet while they are standing, you will see that many people have flat feet.
A study has revealed that flat feet that don’t cause pain will not affect your ability to walk and run even for long periods. If this is the case, then there is nothing to worry about. Then again, we still say that having flat feet is a health risk. Let’s find out why.
You Can Have Flat Feet Later in Life
Your foot has lots of bones, muscles, and connective tissues. When there is too much strain on them, they begin to swell. The structure of the bone changes as well due to gravity and weight. All these eventually lead to flat feet.
The bones that form the arch of the foot are important as they function as shock absorbers when you walk, stand, jump or run. When there isn’t enough arch support or there is no arch support at all, you will be more prone to injury.
A study has also shown that people who have jobs that require them to stand for most of the day have a high risk of developing flat feet. Weakened foot muscles due to injury or aging can also contribute to the development of flat feet.
Detecting the Signs of Flat Feet
Now that you know that having flat feet has health risks, it is important that you detect it as soon as possible. Fallen arches are sometimes hard to detect even with the use of X-ray, and usually go unsuspected for a long time.
However, if you feel the most common symptoms – chronic pain, fatigue in your foot, ankle, and lower leg – you have to see a doctor immediately.
How to Prevent Flat Feet
One way to prevent flat feet is to reduce the time you spend walking or standing. If your job requires you to be on your feet a lot, you can alternate walking or standing with sitting.
It is also important to avoid high heels if you want to prevent the development of flat feet. Women are prone to having flat feet later in life because they love to wear high-heeled shoes. High heels don’t provide enough support to your feet and can weaken the tendons, resulting in a fallen arch.
Never ignore the signs that you have flat feet as they can lead to more problems later on. Better yet, take care of your feet and stay away from flat feet as much as possible.