Flat feet is common in over 20% of adults. The best way to see if you have flat feet is to soak a foot in water and then step down on pavement to see the imprint the shape your foot leaves on the concrete. If the entire outline of your foot is left in the imprint on then you can pronounce yourself as “flat-footed”, but, if the sole of the foot leaves a crescent shape on the ground then most likely you are safe from the pain associated with a fallen arch, also known as ‘pes planus’ in the medical world.
Once a flat foot condition is detected one can aid the pain associated with flat feet by buying comfortable shoes that support the arch and provide stable mobility, when walking and running. In this article we’ll highlight the difference between athletic shoes and how they support the foot when walking, running, and or playing sports. For instance, a walking shoe usually has a cardboard extension to support the middle of the foot where the arch is located, but usually isn’t appropriate for greater impact on the foot like runners experience when jogging on inner city streets. However, a durable running sneaker can provide comfortable for fallen arches while also including a shock absorbent sole that helps prevent damage to the Achilles tendons; muscles associated with the ankle. On the contrary, cross-training shoes are worn in track and field sports that encourage aggressive side-to-side or jumping movements, as with hurdling. With these sports athletes tend to need shoes that allows the foot flexibility. Cross-training sneakers offer the agility needed for the foot arch and ankle while supporting the entire foot.
Beyond the athletic shoes for any gender, women often have a problem with flat feet more than men due to wearing high-heels that stress the muscles in the ankle and compromise the arch. This may lead to pain in the lower back and waist and severe discomfort in the foot. For these circumstances, the best way to alleviate pain associated with flat feet when wearing high-heels, is to purchase an inserted sole that provides support, stability and comfort for the soles of the feet. It is also important to remember to buy shoes that are a comfortable fit. Thus, taking the time to properly measure both of your feet while standing is the greatest way to get a perfect sizing for the aiding of ‘pes planus’ or fallen arches.
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