WHAT ARE FLAT FEET & HIGH ARCHES?
Most people have a gap under the arch of their foot when they are standing. The arch, the inner part of the foot is slightly raised off the ground. People with flat feet or fallen arches either have no arch, or it is very low. Cavus foot (e.g. high arches) is a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. Because of this high arch, an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot when walking or standing. Cavus foot can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms, such as pain and instability. It can develop at any age and can occur in one or both feet.
HOW DID I GET FLAT FEET & HIGH ARCHES?
The body is a self-corrective machine, which is cable of some pretty amazing things. Unfortunately, some of these natural corrections can lead to problems such as bone spurs and in this case flat feet. Unless there has been a trauma to the foot, usual causes include faulty biomechanics or excessive weight. Gravity is a pain, but your body is fighting it 24/7 and can falter if put in a scenario it cannot handle or recover from. It’s estimated that 25% percent of the population suffers from overpronation, which is why Plantar Fasciitis is the #1-foot complaint. High arches much less common and usually caused by a bone spur of neurological problem.
Depending on what the reason is behind this condition, you may be given Therapeutic Exercises to build the arch back up or possibly referred for custom orthotics. To reduce the immediate pain and inflammation, Graston therapy, Rapid Release, and therapeutic ultrasound will be used. Adjustments can be very helpful to correct any joint dysfunctions that are present between the major bones of the foot and ankle. Home therapies include using ice to the bottom of the foot for 15 minutes near the end of the day, roller the tendon out with a golf ball, and working the muscles with your hand. A good foot massage can feel wonderful on those tired feet!