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How to identify flat feet?

Ildar Yunusov
Ildar Yunusov
July 22, 2014
How to identify flat feet?

Determination of flat feet can be both at home and using medical diagnostics. As a rule, in the first case, flat feet can be identified by its symptoms, and in the second, after medical procedures.

How to determine flat feet at home

Express Test

You can do a little test for determining flatfoot. Take some fat cream and spread your feet. Stand flat on a sheet of paper and then study the print. On the inner side of the foot there should be a notch (dry part of the leaf) with a width slightly more than half the width of the foot. If it does not exist or is narrower, it most likely indicates the presence of flat-footedness. Learn how to cure flat feet, you can from our article.

Signs of flatfoot:

Flat feet can develop in people working in mobile work or in a service that requires long-term standing in a static position. Here are the main signs of flatfoot:

  • By evening, unpleasant sensations appear in the legs: heaviness, pain and fatigue;
  • the sole on footwear is faster on the inside;
  • familiar shoes become cramped due to the increase in foot size;
  • pain from the foot extends to the knee, and is also accompanied by pain in the head and lower back.

These signs may indicate not only flat feet, but also the presence of other, more serious diseases (for example, vascular or endocrine). Therefore, for a more accurate definition of flatfoot is better to turn to medical methods.

Medical diagnostic methods


X-rays of both feet are taken in front and side projections when a person is standing. The orthopedist carefully studies the values ​​of the angles of deformity of the foot, after which he makes an accurate diagnosis with a degree of flatfoot.

Podometric method Frynlyanda

This method consists in calculations and measurements that are made to determine the subometric index. To do this, change the length and height of the foot (the height of the foot - the distance from the sole to the upper edge of the navicular bone). Then the height of the foot is multiplied by 100 and divided by the length.When the result of the interval 27 - 29 it is concluded that the presence of flatfoot. If the podometric index turned out to be less than 25, then the treatment cannot be postponed, for there is a pronounced flatfoot.


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