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Flat feet: Symptoms, exercises, diagnosis, and treatment

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Flat Foot: Introduction

  • Also known as fallen arches,
  • No arch in feet or one that is very low.

Usually, there is a gap beneath the inner part of the foot when a person stands, as the arch raises off the ground slightly.

Flat feet only need treatment if-

  1. cause discomfort.

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The most common symptom of flat feet is pain in the feet. This can occur as a result of strained muscles and connecting ligaments.

Abnormal stresses on the knee and hip may result in pain in these joints. T...

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  • genetic factors, as flat feet can pass from parents to children in the genes
  • weak arches: arch is visible when a person sits but foot flattens onto the when standing
  • foot or ankle injury
  • damage, dysfunction, or rupture of the posterior tibial tendon
  • nervous sy...

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  • Flat feet can develop with age too. Daily use of the feet can cause the posterior tibial tendon to weaken. This tendon is the primary support structure for the foot arch.
  • Flat feet can also occur as a result of a developmental fault that occurs during childhood or that develops with ...

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  1. People with flat feet who do not experience pain or other symptoms, do not require a consultation with a doctor.
  2. However, anyone with the following symptoms should seek medical advice:
  • flat feet that have only devel...

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  1. Inspection of feet from the front and back.

-The individual may need to stand on the tips of their toes to allow the doctor to examine the shape and function of each foot.e

2. Medical history. In some cases, they may order an X-ray,

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HEEL CORD STRETCHING

A tight Achilles tendon will encourage the foot to roll inward. The aim of heel cord stretching is to stretch the Achilles tendon and posterior calf muscles.

  • Stand facing a wall an...

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THE GOLF BALL ROLL

This exercise requires a chair and a golf ball.

  1. Sit on the chair with your feet firmly on the ground.
  2. Place the golf ball under the foot, and roll it forward and back under the arch of the foot for 2 minutes to stretch the plantar fasc...

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  • Fitted insoles and orthotics or custom-designed arch supports may relieve pressure on the arch and reduce pain if the feet roll too far inward.

*However, these products only treat the symptoms and do not provide long-lasting benefits.

  • Wearing an ankle brace m...

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