Flat Feet Mean Sore Feet
The American Academy
of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) says flat feet-a
condition where a foot doesn't
have a normal arch - can cause
foot pain, as well as
knee pain, shin splints,
Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Anyone
suffering foot or leg pain
should pay attention to whether
one foot is flatter than the
are a number of ways to determine if you have fl at
feet. One is a footprint test
that you can do when you step out of the swimming
pool. Check your wet
foot print. If everything is normal, the
front of your footprint should be joined to the heel
by a strip about half the width
of the front of the foot.
With flat feet, that strip
will be the same width as the front of your foot.
like a stretched-out pancake.
If there's only a thin
it means you have a high arch.
You can also do
a shoe evaluation. Place your shoes on a flat table
them at eye level from behind, You're
to see if there's even sole wear. A flat foot causes
more wear on the inside
of the sole, especially in the heel area. That type
of wear will make the shoe easy to rock from
side to side.
the upper part of the shoes as
well. A flat foot causes the upper part of the shoe
to lean inward toward the sole.
If you suffer foot pain and
have flat feet, the AAOS suggests you see an
orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation.