Why Flat Feet Are Bad For Your Body

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One area of focus that can have huge benefits for both your physical and mental health is your posture, the position that your body takes when you’re standing, sitting or lying down. 

Having good posture simply means that your body is properly aligned from head to toe, using the appropriate amount of muscle tension throughout to support yourself and hold your frame as it should be held, ensuring that you avoid straining the muscles required to carry out your normal everyday activities.

Maintaining good posture should start from the bottom up, with our feet serving as the foundation for it all. 

One very common condition is flat feet, where the arch of the foot hangs down too low when you’re standing up and this can have a big impact on your overall posture, leading to muscle strain, leg and back pain, and musculoskeletal problems. 

Your feet will naturally flatten a little when you put weight on them, but people with flat feet have little to no arch, so the entire sole of the foot rests on the ground. This means that your body isn’t provided with the stability it needs, with your lower legs typically rotating inwards to compensate.

The good news is that if you do have flat feet, there’s a lot you can do to address the condition and make good postural gains. Seeing a physiotherapist can make a big difference, as they’ll be able to give you specific exercises to do that can manage your symptoms and encourage more of a foot arch.

Arch lifts, for example, can prove particularly beneficial. First, stand with your feet underneath your hips and, keeping your toes in contact with the floor at all times, roll your body weight to the outer edges of the feet as you lift your arches up as far as they’ll go. Release your feet back down and repeat ten times for two to three sets.

If you’d like any further help or advice relating to flat feet and what can be done to ease your symptoms, get in touch with the Clear Physio team today.

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