There is a nice quote by Leonardo da Vinci that, “The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.” And if there is any misalignment present in the foot, than it may creates major effects on other joints too.
I have personally experienced this thing, two years ago my legs used to be achy whole day, and at the end of the day it used to become tired and sore. I was suffering from heel pain and toe pain. When I used to wake up in the morning and try to step out of my bed that time my heel was like urgh! Don’t put me down on the floor, it used to pain like hell.
I’m physically active and like to do workout, so I always get myself engage in physical activity. Being a physiotherapist will add more responsibilities when you are a wife and a homemaker too, and to fulfill all the tasks, you have to be on your toes for most of the hours in a day. This requires good foot for sure, And with the foot like mine it was very difficult for me to stand and walk for a whole day.
In medical terminology I have developed these conditions, called as bunion and plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is basically an inflammation of thick band of tissue which connects the heel bone to the toes. Due to this, the fascia of the sole of foot get tightens and when you try to walk, the fascia get sudden stretch and thus gives heel pain. And a bunion is a bony bump that occurs on the joint at the base of your big toe. The big toe often bends towards the other toes and joint becomes painful.
This all has happened because I have flat foot. Rather, I have very mild and flexible flat foot but still it gave me these conditions and gave good amount of pain.
Flat foot is also called as fallen arches, in which the medial arches of the foot collapse and the whole sole of the foot comes complete or near complete contact with the surface of ground.
Flat feet are normal in infants and toddlers, because the arch of the foot has not developed yet. Most of the kid’s arches develop throughout childhood, but some kids never develop arches.
Some person has flexible flatfoot like me, in which the arch is visible when the person is sitting or standing on tiptoes, but disappears when the person stands. Most of the people outgrew flexible flatfeet without having any problems.
Arches can also, fall over time. Years of wear and tear, can weaken the tendon that runs inside of the ankle and helps support the arches.
When flat foot become excessive, it might give symptoms in the following areas: like, In feet: bunions, hammer toes, corns and calluses, in heels: plantar fasciitis, heel spur, pain. In Shin, shin splints. In knees, runners knee, knee pain. In thighs, Iliotibial band pain. In hips, hip pain, bursitis. In back, disc problems and in neck it may disturb postural alignment. So ultimately it disturbs whole body alignment eventually.
I have observed that most of the people are having flat feet problems nowadays. One of the major reasons behind this could be, because nowadays we all walk on cement concrete floor.
Everywhere there is cemented surface, we don’t get to walk on clay, grass or sand, Neither our kids are playing in clay, grass and sand. We are most of the time on the hard surface only; hardly people are getting chance to walk on natural or soft surfaces.
On cemented floor it gives back the ground reaction force and eventually it leads more injury to the fallen arches. While in clay and sand it adjusts according to our feet, giving the arches, chance to develop and may get better.
If you have flat feet and you are ignoring it than it may gradually progress and becomes worse later, and will change the alignment of foot, ankle, knee, hip and spine eventually. And later all problems may become permanent, so it’s better to solve it as soon as possible.
I’m sharing all this because, I have suffered a lot because of my heel and toe pain and I’m seeing my patients suffering from the same. And I’m sure there must be lots of people, like you and me, out there who must be suffering from this. Plus lot of people have standing jobs and with pain like this, standing jobs become more difficult.
So I want to share, how I have coped up with this.
Being physically active, I had to do something for my feet. And then I came to know about podiatry thing which work on the biomechanics of foot. I get to know that there are orthotic slippers and orthotic insoles available for this which can correct alignment of foot and help reducing pain.
These orthotic insoles are not same, as available at every nook and corner nowadays, which is of gel based. Gel based insoles used to get compress very soon with our weight and ultimately the feet will be in same structure as before, so of no use.
These orthotic insoles are firm and give good support to ankle and keep it in better alignment.
So I bought these orthotic insoles shown above in the picture, which I can put inside any shoes and I’m good to go for running or jumping or any work out.
And also bought orthotic slipper known as “Edge”, these slippers are very handy, good to go with anything and anytime. And can be used at work also.
Plus these edge slippers are coming in different colors, designs, sizes and shapes so we don’t have to worry about the look and most importantly in that you stay pain free and it improves your body alignment and gives you good posture. An insole also works as same.
I like this product because it cured my pain and gave me good feet alignment and so definitely makes my quality of life good. The cost of slippers are around 5K and the insoles will cost you around 3000 bucks.
I’m sharing pictures of “edge” slippers also, so you will get better idea about it and also you will be able to see the difference in alignment with picture.
Along with this aids I have done therapeutic exercises also. Because exercises are must. Sharing this link if you want to check out some exercises. https://www.feetfeet.co.uk/blogs/arch-pain/10-best-flat-feet-exercises
So, listen to the unwritten symphonies in your footsteps and lead a happy life.
Stay Happy and Fly High!