Flat Feet May Be the Reason for Knee, Hip and Back Pain
Hollywood celebrities often have most aspects of their lives on display, and sometimes it is their feet that take center stage. Angelina Jolie, for example, as stunning as she is, has also been noted for having flat feet. This foot problem, in which the arch on the bottom of the foot has fallen, is extremely common. While it typically does not cause any major complications, there are some symptoms that can arise from having this kind of foot structure.
Your feet are the foundation of your body. They are designed to be able to withstand tons of pressure every time you stand, walk, run and jump. The arch in particular is a natural shock absorber, and when this structure is altered in any way, the rest of the body can pay the price. The main reason for this is that a fallen arch can alter the alignment of your legs. A flat foot tends to overpronate, which means the foot or ankle rolls inward during movement. You can often see evidence of this, as the soles on the inside of shoes tend to wear out more quickly. Overpronation causes a change in your gait. This leads to strain on your knees, hips and lower back, all of which have to compensate for the change in foot structure.
If you are finding it difficult to stand or walk for long periods of time, have foot pain during exercise, or swelling along the inside of your ankle and arch, then it is time to come in and see us. Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt can pinpoint the cause of your pain, and if it is due to flat feet they will get you on the right path of treatment. If you live in the areas of Dallas, Plano or Waco, TX please contact Dallas Podiatry Works today. Make an appointment at our office in Dallas, TX (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX (972) 943-3323.
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