Barefoot Running As Possible Treatment for Flat Feet
For those who have flat feet, running barefoot may help strengthen muscles in your arch and ankles. Those who do a lot of physical activity or run often may experience their flat feet lacking pronation when the arch compresses to help with shock absorption as force exerts on the feet. The force is instead shifted to the ankle or up along the calf or knee. Treatment for flat feet includes custom orthotics, over-the-counter insoles, and motion-control running shoes to help correct your flat feet condition.
Having flat feet can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems of Flat Feet
- Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
- Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
- Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
Symptoms of Flat Feet
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe.
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
- Flat look to one or both feet.
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
Treatment for Flat Feet
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. Our expert podiatrists in Livonia can help. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.