Flat feet is a widespread condition that many wrongly assume to be harmless. It is rarely inborn, despite the common opinion, and is most frequent in overweight people, those who lack physical activity, or those who have too much of it.
If you also have discomfort related to flat feet, Bright Side reminds you: the correct diagnosis and treatment are up to your doctor, but you can alleviate the symptoms right now.
Flat Foot Test
You can check if you have flat feet at home:
- Take a sheet of paper and something that will leave stains (such as iodine or an oily cream). Apply it to your soles, and stand on the paper.
- Let the footprint dry, then draw a straight line from the heel to the base of the big toe. Draw a second line at a right angle to the outer part of the sole, as shown in the picture.
- If the narrowest part of your sole takes up half or more of the second line, you’ve got flat feet.
This exercise is aimed at altering the arch of your foot and holding it properly. It’s best to do it in the morning.
- Stand on tiptoes for 20-30 seconds.
- Repeat 5-10 times.
Best for strengthening weak ankle muscles and ligaments.
- Put some beads on the floor.
- Take the beads one by one with your toes, and place them into a glass.
To have an even better effect, take note of other exercises as well. You’ll feel that your feet are much lighter, and your mood will improve too.