When you see a foot you typically also see its arch. The arch is the area of the foot that curves upwards. The arch is made up of tendons. These tendons help form the shape of your foot and attach the heel and footbones.
When you walk and use your feet your arch tends to become more prominent. Sometimes though a foot can have no arch. This instance is called a Fallen Arch or Flat Feet.
How to Test for Fallen Arch
- Wet your feet. Make sure you aren’t wearing any socks and your feet are bare.
- Step onto a surface that will leave obvious wet footprints. Concrete and pavement tend to be good options.
- Look at the footprint that was made. If the entire foot has a print, then it is likely you have Fallen Arches. If only the heel and the forefoot have a print, you probably have a relatively normal arch.
There are many different factors that can cause someone to have Fallen Arches. Sometimes there can be one singular reason and other times there can be a combination of reasons. Some of the reasons are:
Not everyone is bothered by their Fallen Arches. Some cases are mild while others can be extreme. If you feel any of the following symptoms, it would be beneficial to contact an office of podiatry such as Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Joseph Stuto will examine your feet to help you determine if your arches have fallen.
- Tired feet
- Back leg pain
- Tendency to stand on toes
- Swollen bottom of the foot
- Pained feet
In today’s age, there are many different treatment options for flat feet. Orthotics, proper fitting footwear, surgery, stretches, physical therapy, and other options are all widely available. In order to figure out the best treatment for you call Dr. Stuto today at 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online. After all, your feet come first.