In recent years, health and wellness have become hot topics. Magazines and newspapers are chock full of “how to’s” for health, and hundreds of healthy recipes for us all to follow. However, often some of the most basic of health questions are overlooked, and one in particular is a problem that often goes without notice or mention: flat footed problems and how to treat them. It’s a shockingly common problem in the modern world; sometimes genetic, sometimes formed by lifestyle, flat-footedness can lead to a host of problems if not brought under control. However, it’s a problem that can be dealt with, through wise lifestyle choices and sensible precautions.
Firstly, don’t hesitate to contact a doctor if you are experiencing pain associated with flat feet. It is a problem that is manageable, but it shouldn’t be dealt with in silence; if you are experiencing pain, contact your G.P. Arrangements can be made with chiropractors or various other professionals, and a set of orthotic insoles can be created to ease pressure on your heel and Achilles tendon; two of the body parts most affected by flat feet. Good arch support is essential in maintaining healthy feet, but fear not: the bulky orthotic insoles are a thing of the past. Many of the insoles of today are undetectable from the outside of shoes; so don’t worry about them cramping your style. Another important factor in tackling pain associated with flat footedness is ensuring you remain at a healthy weight; being overweight increases pressure on your feet, and for flat-footed people, this can exacerbate the problem.
One of the most important ways to treat flat feet is to wear good-fitting, supportive footwear at all times. We often throw on shoes without a second thought, but wearing the wrong type of footwear when you are flat footed will only make the problem worse over time. While you can insert an orthotic insole into almost any shoe, the shoe itself needs to be supportive and well-fitting to ensure the problem does not get any worse. At Robinsons Shoes, we have three generations of experience in fitting men’s shoes perfectly; and with a range of width fittings, we offer a free consultation to ensure you get the best fit possible for your feet.
Another common mistake that people with flat feet often make is wearing footwear that is too flat. A heel of above 2 ½ inches leads to tightened Achilles tendons, which is detrimental for flat footed people, but wearing entirely flat shoes places too much pressure on the heel, which again, can lead to pain and inflammation. Shoes that are elevated by ¼ or ½ an inch are usually ideal for those with flat feet.
Your feet are one of the most important parts of your body; and you have the same pair for life. So make sure you look after them well, and they’ll look after you. Show them some love with a pair of supportive, well-fitting shoes – your body, and your feet, will thank you.