Curving the Foot

Curving the Foot

By Taikhum Sadiq

What is Flat Foot?

Flat foot is a deformity of the foot which is also called pes planus or fallen arch. It is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.

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Why is the curve necessary?

The curve of the foot is related to the biomechanics of the foot. The curve connects the forefoot and the hind foot in an elastic way and helps supporting the force incurred by the foot. It dissipates the weight without increasing pressure on the thigh and the calf muscles and bones.

What are the symptoms of flat foot?

Lowering of the arch of the foot is one of the major symptoms. Others include foot turning outwards, weakness in the ankle region, and immense pain in the foot.

What are the reasons for flat foot?

Flat foot has many different causes. It can be hereditary and can be passed on from either the mother or the father. Trauma due to accidents or surgeries can also cause flat foot. In older people, arthritis can be one of the major reasons for a flat foot. Musculoskeletal disorders mat also result in this disorder.

What are the treatment options?

The main treatment processes of this are the use of orthotics to help relieve pain as well as the treat the disorder. Arch support or foot supports are used widely to treat flat foot. Gymnastic exercises are also advised by therapists for treatment.

What are my options?

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  • Captain Adjustable Arch Support is designed to alleviate arch pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. The comfortable arch support provides direct compression to lift the arch to a natural position, helping to relieve arch pain, distribute pressure, reduce inflammation and prevent tearing of the plantar fascia tissue.
  • Medi-Dyne Tulis Gaitors Arch Support combines light-weight shock absorption with superior arch support in an ultra-thin carbon fiber orthotic that delivers long-lasting relief and comfort. Constructed with both poron for incredible support and comfort and a patented technologically-advanced moisture-wicking fabric give you maximum protection against odors and protects skin from moisture-driven blisters.
  • Spenco RX Orthotic Full Length Arch Supports are firm and adjustable arch supports that help control, stabilize and balance the foot. They are heat moldable for a custom fit and feature SpenCore layer which absorbs shock and reduces friction to improve overall foot comfort. The moldable othotic cradle improves balance and stability.
  • Silipos TheraStep Plantar Fasciitis Arch Sleeve is designed and clinically proven to significantly reduce foot and heel pain associated with a variety of foot conditions including plantar fasciitis, peroneal and tibial tendinitis, heel spurs, heel neuromas and cuboid syndrome. The unique structure and shape of the gel pad prevents the foot from rolling over, reducing strain on tendons while providing a gentle massaging action to cushion and absorb shock with every step.