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How to Avoid Getting Flat Feet

Flat Feet - Ankle And Foot Care in Somers Point, NJ

Flat foot is a common foot condition where your feet have very low or no arches. The condition is referred to as pes planus or fallen arches. If you have flat feet, you do not have a normal arch. Your feet are pressed completely flat against the ground. The arches help to distribute your body weight and provides you with carefree mobility.

Many people have what’s known as flexible flat feet. The arch disappears only when you come in contact with the ground. There are also some patients who have rigid flat feet where the arch is not present at all.

Many medical experts believe that flat feet are inherited. If the condition runs in the family, you are more prone to catch it. You can avoid getting flat feet by simply adopting good foot care practices.

Good practices for flat foot:

  • Orthopedic arch-supporting shoe insert. Simply slip these inserts in your shoes. It provides your arch with added support and repositioning.
  • Footwear. Its best to change your footwear daily. It helps to ensure that your feet never adopt a certain shape. Avoid wearing high heels and tight shoes.
  • Healthy diet. It is important to maintain a healthy diet. It helps with weight loss which in turn can reduce the stress levels on your feet. Obesity can aggravate the conditions of flat feet.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises.Dedicated stretching and strengthening programs can help ease your discomfort and may even reverse the flattening effect.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort that you believe is due to flat feet, it is important that you consult a podiatrist immediately.

Call our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, of Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, located in Somers Point, New Jersey. Dr. DeMarco and his team of professionals can help you put your flat feet at ease. You can reach our office at (609) 927-4894 to make an appointment today.