Flat feet are described as missing the natural arch in your foot, and can be caused by genetics or develop later in your life. For some people the arches in their feet do not form during childhood, while others may lose the support due to injury or age. Having flat feet often results in foot pain and can also cause you to plant your foot improperly when walking or running. The inclination to roll the foot inward is referred to as pronation, and cause muscle soreness in your feet, ankles, calves, and lower back. In most cases it is possible to treat your flat feet at home, so you can enjoy walking without pain.
Tips for Dealing with Flat Feet
One of the best ways to stop foot pain associated with flat feet is to wear shoes that are comfortable and supportive. There are several shoe brands that offer lines of supportive footwear, all designed to help you move in comfort and style. Other types of shoes to look for include ones that offer additional stability, and for even more support chose footwear that is also offers motion control. This can help correct your natural inclination to roll your foot inward, and prevent painful injuries. Other tips to help prevent foot pain associated with flat feet include,
Like shoes, there are several types of insoles all designed to act as cushioned shock absorbers. Without the natural protection from an arch, placing your foot down can cause severe foot and heel pain. The insoles can not only absorb impact shock, but can also help support arches that have fallen. The flexible inserts can also help to relieve painful pressure points on your feet so you stay comfortable all day.
Home foot massagers are becoming a popular way to treat the foot pain associated with having flat feet. It can improve circulation and relieve the pressure that might be causing your foot pain. Along with improving blood flow, a foot massager can ease strained muscles and help to loosen stretched tendons. There are several different types of home foot massagers that include reflexology and Shiatsu, both of which are able to give you a relaxing experience.
Some people use a water foot massager, but a tub will also work. The most important things to remember is the water needs to be warm, and you will also need Epsom salts. By soaking your feet in the water and Epsom salts you are not only relaxing sore muscles, but also helping to treat the aches and pains. Your flat feet often cause your muscles to work harder than normal, which is caused by pronation and results in a buildup of lactic acid. Epson salts are high in magnesium, which can help reduce the amount of lactic acid in your muscles and relieve the aches and pain.
Having flat feet doesn’t mean that you also have to live with constant foot pain, and these tips can help you treat it. Wearing the right shoes and treating yourself to a relaxing massage can all help you live an active life without foot pain.
A fitness trainer who also has flat feet, Steve has tried almost every pair of supportive athletic shoes in his workouts. Not only does he have a unique understanding of the different types of athletic shoes, he is also an orthopedic surgeon. When he is not at the hospital or writing for us, you can usually find him wearing his current favorite pair of supportive running shoes at the local indoor track.
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