Dancing With Flat Feet
The condition known as flat feet is a particular kind of affliction of the foot where the arches are not present. In other words, the entire bottom of the foot rests flush against the floor. When a patient has a case of flat feet, many often wonder whether or not they will still be able to engage in a particular kind of ballet dance known as pointe. Pointe involves standing on the tips of the toes, using special footwear. Individuals living with flat feet could potentially still engage in pointe work depending on the particulars of their specific case. For example, if an individual has anatomically flat feet, they may still be able to dance in pointe, especially if the patient’s ligaments are stiff enough to make the foot stable. If you are someone that is living with flat feet and want to engage in ballet dancing, it is highly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help treat you and give you advice.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.