Recently Dr. Oz had a segment on called “Fixing Your Flat Zones: Flat Feet” which gives some interesting information about how to tell if you have flat feet.
Although there are numerous causes of flat feet, the most common reason is your genetics. If you have flat feet, the chances are good that someone in your family has it too.
Flat feet occurs when the tendons and ligaments that help to support the foot have weakened to the point that they can no longer support the foot. However, contrary to the information given on the Dr. Oz show, I don’t believe that any amount of exercise can correct this problem – especially in adults.
This does not mean that flat feet should be ignored. With time, people who have flat feet usually develop other problems, including:
When flat feet are detected early, they can be controlled with a custom insole called an orthotic. If flat feet are detected in young children, a permanent improvement in their feet can be made by simply wearing orthotics.
If left unchecked, flat feet can develop into a more serious problem involving foot and ankle braces or even surgery.
So if you believe you have flat feet, especially if you are noticing crooked toes or a bump forming on the side of your foot, it is a sign that you should visit Hollowbrook foot Specialists, located in Wappingers Falls, NY. We can slow down the progression of these problems and hopefully push off the need for future surgery.
By David Schlam