Q. What are Flat Feet (Fallen Arches)?
A. The terms "flat feet" and "fallen arches" refer to an abnormally low foot arch. In a normal foot, the tendons that attach at the heel and foot bones will form an upward curve in the middle of the foot, or an arch. When the tendons do not pull together properly, however, little or no arch is formed, which is described as a flat foot or fallen arch.
What should I look for?
Flat feet (fallen arches) can lead to a variety of foot-related ailments and pain, including plantar fasciitis, shin splints, bunions, Achilles tendonitis, among others. It's important to identify your arch type so you can choose supportive footwear to cut down on the amount of shock and force placed on your feet throughout the day.
How do I know if I have flat feet?
The wet foot test is a common method for determining arch type. Take the quiz and find out your arch type in two simple steps.
People with over-pronated (flat) feet may benefit from wearing running shoes with additional arch support or orthotics, in addition to performing regular stretching and strengthening exercises.
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