How To Determine if you Have a Flat Foot
You can do the water test to see if you might have fallen arches or flat feet. Do these simple steps:
- Wet your feet.
- Stand on a leveled surface where your footprint can clearly show, such as on a concrete floor.
- Step aside and have a look at the footprints. If you see the entire bottom of your foot in the footprint, this is a clear indication that you have flat feet.
What causes flat foot?
Flat feet can be inherited from your parents and it is referred to as structural flat feet. This is where the foot bone structure is flat. This should not be mistaken with flexible flat feet which is where a child is born with flat feet. When the child stands, the feet look flat. However, when the child raises his or her toes, a small arch is seen. In most cases, as the child grows older, the arches develop.
- Your foot muscles aren’t working properly
- Increase in body weight
- Improper shoe wear
- an Ineffective posture
- Incorrect techniques in sport
How to Fix a Flat Foot
Here are some exercises you can do daily to strengthen and ultimately help to fix your flat feet.
• The Short foot exercise
This is a fundamental exercise; you need to learn how to do it correctly to strengthen the muscles that will encourage an arch in your feet. Stand upright with your feet facing forward and shoulders wide apart. While maintaining your toes relaxed, proceed to squeeze the bottom of your foot. Then drag your big toe back and forth. This should be performed correctly until you are able to feel strong contractions of the muscles underneath your foot. Hold this for five seconds and repeat twenty times.
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• Big toe exercise
Your big toe is essential when fixing flat feet, especially during walking. It is vital that your big toe is flexible and has adequate strength. Combining these two factors will help engage and lift of the medial arch of the foot. Place the bottom of your big toe on one wall. Press your foot into the wall to stretch out the big toe. While maintaining this position, continue pressing the big toe on the wall for thirty seconds. Feel the foot muscles beneath your foot contract strongly. Repeat this three times.
• Massage the arch
Using a massage ball or a tennis ball, massage the arch of your foot, apply pressure and roll your foot back and forth on the ball. Stand on the massage ball with one foot but do not apply to much pressure. Then repeat the exercise with the other foot. This should be done daily for three minutes on each foot.
• Stretch your calves
An exercise that solves any foot problem is a calf stretch. Tight calf muscles limits you’re walking, running, squatting and even jumping, which are essential to fixing flat foot. Stand on the edge of a step, lower both of your heels, and focus on stretching your calf muscles. Hold this stretch for at least thirty seconds and repeat three times to increase flexibility.