By Doctor Paul Calladine (Chiro)
If you have flat feet, you're not alone! Being flat footed may have serious consequences on your health and posture. Many patients often ask 'how can I correct my flat feet' and 'are my flat feet causing foot pain'? In this blog post I discuss causes, problems and treatments for flat feet. Great posture starts with the feet!
The arch system under your foot acts as a natural shock absorber for the entire body. With flat feet comes the lose of this arch and the shock absorption system, often to the detriment of other parts of the body. Flat feet contribute to knee, hip and lower back pain as well as foot pain. Regular exercise and rigorous activity become challenging. Other health issues associated with flat feet include achilles tendinitis, shin splints and plantar fasciitis.
Common causes of flat feet include:
- abnormality present at birth
- damaged, stretched or torn tendons
- sports injury
- rheumatoid arthritis
- broken bones
Significant research on flat feet reveals some alarming stats:
- Women with flat feet have 50% greater chance of experiencing back pain compared to those women who do not have flat feet (Mahan K 1992)
- Pregnancy can contribute to flat feet in women (Segal et al. 2013)
- Certain conditions including hypertension, diabetes and obesity are risk factors for adult acquired flat feet (Menz et al 2013)
- Flat feet can cause lower back pain and postural misalignment in the body
- We are born with flat feet and by the age of 6 our arches should have developed naturally
Treatment for Flat Feet
Combinations of therapy, stretching and orthotic devices help alleviate foot pain and can correct flat feet. Chiropractic works to correct the underlying structural imbalance and to realign hips, lower back and restricted joints.
Chiropractors can recommend custom made orthotic devices. Orthotics provide comfort and support while minimising foot roll.
At Lyons Road Family Chiro we understand flat feet. Come in for a custom foot scan to see how the shape of your foot can be improved. We also provide custom made orthotics that have helped hundreds of patients. Over 200,000 Australians see their chiropractor each week. Many of these patients have foot problems and have found answers with chiropractic care.
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Stand better this year. To book a chiropractic consultation at Lyons Road Family Chiro please phone or email us today. We have a fantastic New Patient Consultation to get you started.
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About Dr Paul Calladine (Chiro) B.Sc.(Biol.), B.Sc.(Anat.), M.Chiro. (Gonstead Diplomate) and Lyons Road Family Chiropractic.
Lyons Road Family Chiro and Dr Paul (Chiro) have been serving the health care needs of Sydney's Inner West and Drummoyne communities for over 23 years. Paul is originally from Canada and has obtained high levels of tertiary qualifications from both Canada and Australia. Paul is a wealth of information on all things natural, on fitness, long term health, nutrition and of course, chiropractic. Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, and Google+.
References and Further Reading:
- Mahan, Kieran T. MS, DPM, FACFS. (1992) Pes Planovalgus Deformity. In McGlamry, E. Dalton, DPM, Banks, Alan S. DPM, Downey, Michael S. DPM. (Eds.). Comprehensive Textbook of Foot Surgery. (2nd ed.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkin.
- Segal, N., et al. Pregnancy Leads to Lasting Changes in Foot Structure. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2013 Mar; 92(3):232-40.
- Menz, H.B. et al. Foot posture, foot function and low back pain: the Framingham Foot Study. Rheumatology, 2013 Dec;52(12):2275-82.