- Get your feet wet.
- Stand on a flat surface where your footprint will show, such as on a concrete walkway.
- Step away and look at the prints. If you see complete imprints of the bottom of your feet on the surface, then you’re likely to have flat feet.
Seems silly but it works! This is the less precise way to test it. Doctor offices have more tool, but this can be a great starting place.
Most people are born flat-footed and they have no problem concerning their feet or any joints related to their feet. Others may have a stretched or torn tendon, nerve problems, or possibly a broken or dislocated bone causing them to become flat-footed. While some women become temporary flat-footed from pregnancy, one of the many joys gained from childbirth.
If you were born with flat feet you might get along just fine in life and in footwear.
If you have flat feet or fallen arches because of age, nerve damage, or tendon damage some of the remedies may help. Symptoms can be big or small depending on your body. The safest bet is always to go to your doctor and find out for sure.
Some options to help you cope with flat feet include:
- Physical Therapy
- Pain Relief Medication
- Rest and Ice down
- Shoe Modifications – Braces, Cast
One final interesting item, what does it mean to have fallen arches?
Years of using your feet to walk, run, and jump eventually may take its toll. One of the eventual consequences could be a fallen arch. The posterior tibial tendon becomes weakened after long-term wear a tear. The posterior tibial tendon is the main support structure of the arch of our feet. The tendon can become inflamed (tendinitis) after overuse – sometimes it can even become torn. Once the tendon is damaged, the arch shape of the foot may flatten.