Flat Feet Mean Sore Feet   

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 disabling 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 other.

There 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. Your foot print will look like a stretched-out pancake. If there's only a thin strip, it means you have a high arch.

You can also do a shoe evaluation. Place your shoes on a flat table and examine them at eye level from behind, You're checking 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.

Check 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. 


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