It may seem cliché to base your New Year resolutions on a vow to exercise more, but taking an active approach to your physical health is one of the smartest things you can do. We applaud everyone out there who is committing to a workout program, whether for weight loss or simply for general health. If part of your plan entails running, you may need to give some thought to your foot arches. When you have low arches, it affects your biomechanics and you may need treatment for flat feet.
Before jumping into treatment methods, let’s take a quick look at foot arches. There are essentially three different variations: medium arch, high arch, and low arch (flat feet). Your specific arch style relates to how your foot moves while you run, and this is where problems may arise.
Pronation refers to the manner in which your foot rolls inward from the heel strike through the push-off from your toes. People who have flat feet are more likely to have an exaggerated motion in this regard and roll too much, which is called overpronation. This leads to the ankle, knee, and hip joints pulling at different angle than intended and creating excess stress in those joints.
Home treatment for flat feet includes such measures as resting, stretching, and using ice to relieve pain and decrease swelling. Since you are determined to start the New Year off right, resting might not sound like the best treatment method, but instead of doing no activity, you could simply switch to bicycling or swimming to help keep you moving.
Choosing the right kinds of shoes can certainly help as a treatment for flat feet. Athletic shoe manufacturers make styles that are better suited for those who live with low arches. Additionally, Shenandoah Podiatry can create a custom pair of orthotics to help.
If you have flat feet and begin exercising as part of your New Year resolutions, there is certainly a chance you will experience painful symptoms from this condition. If you do, Shenandoah Podiatry is here for you! Our office is conveniently located in Roanoke, VA, and an expert staff who are ready to offer treatment for whatever foot and ankle problem may be keeping you down. Call us at (540) 904-1458 for our Roanoke office or make an appointment online today.