That little arch in a person's foot does more than you think. It helps to keep your body in its natural alignment, from head to toe. Here is how that arch benefits people, and why your flat feet may be a source of constant back pain.
The Natural Arch
Your calf muscles connect to the bones in your feet through a large tendon. That tendon and a number of ligaments in your foot form the bones into a cup shape. That shape creates the arch in your foot. The arch makes the foot turn out slightly and provides a natural shock absorber effect when walking. Because of the arch, the position of your foot and ankle keeps your lower legs, knees, upper legs and hips in alignment.
When Your Arch Fails
When the tendon and ligaments can no longer hold the arch, your foot rests flat on the floor. Your foot turns in slightly and your ankle rotates in. This throws the alignment off from your ankles to your hips. The angle of the hips changes and, in order to shift your center of gravity, your lower spine moves, putting stress on your back muscles. This results in ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain. Some people may develop upper back and neck pain as the spine tries to compensate for your flat feet.
Why You Have Flat Feet
A number of factors influence why you have flat feet including:
A podiatrist will evaluate the reasons for your flat feet and give you several treatment options. Not all options will be appropriate for all people because of their health or foot anatomy. Your foot doctor will try to recommend non-invasive treatments before suggesting surgical procedures.
If these non-invasive options are not successful, the following surgical procedure are available:
These surgical procedures will keep you off of your feet for several weeks while they heal. This makes surgery for your feet an option to consider carefully. If orthotics maintain your arch sufficiently to reduce your hip and back pain, they may be a better option that disrupting your life for weeks by undergoing foot surgery.
To learn more, visit a site such as http://www.advancedfootclinic.org.Share
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