Surprisingly all my life I just thought I was a clumsy adolescent teen and now an adult. Till one day, during a holiday in Bali where I was told I have something called Flat feet. Flat feet! I thought the massage lady was mocking me.
I still remember going to the room and goggling FLAT FEET and gosh I had it. Flat feet are very common from 1 in 5 individuals. There are no direct health concerns with having flat feet. It also meant (to me) that I wasn’t a clumsy child and I just have unbalanced feet, which was later explained to me in details by a Podiatrist.
To check if you have flat feet simply stand up and see, if there is an ‘arch’ in your feet. If ‘No’ it means Yay! You have flat feet. Now, people with flat feet, twist their ankles often, fall face down and the worst is lower back pain. The lower back pain in people with flat feet is very common because the loss of an arch in the feet make our ankles collapse inward affecting their hip alignment.
There is one important thing to do, especially since you are now aware of the fact you have flat feet, is to buy yourself Arches or Orthotics for the feet. Arches are meant to be put in your foot wear. These help you to stabilize the imbalance caused due to flat feet. But, again from experience and expert tips they always say ‘when you buy your arches, gradually introduce them to your body’. That is,
- On the first day, wear them for 2 hrs
- On the second day, wear them for 4 hrs and so on
Do not wear them on the very first day for more than 4 hrs, for it may cause discomfort in your back. Flat feet treatment is simple but as long as you get the right orthotic arches for your feet from a well recognized place. There is one brand that I trust is Dr Scholls insoles for flat feet
Now, if you have flat feet go and check your mum, dad or your sibling’s feet. Yes, it runs in the family. I know this because my dad has flat feet, which my younger brother and I have inherited. While, my twin sister has perfectly arched feet like my mum.