Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
Hollow Foot Treatment
Hollow foot is a common condition, behind which several causes are possible. The determining criterion for a hollow foot is the presence of a particularly high arch. Some people have a high or more pronounced arch of the foot than normal. This is a hereditary genetic factor and is not always a problem.
However, if the foot has excessive curvature, this may be the clinical condition of the sunken foot. A closeness between the front of the foot and the heel, giving the foot the impression of being retracted or curled up, is also very characteristic of the sunken foot. Even if it is not always painful at the beginning, the constant deformation of the hollow foot stiffens the foot, and the arch of the foot becomes more pronounced, giving way to incapacitating symptoms.
It is especially when pain appears in the foot or when the hollow becomes more pronounced that questions need to be asked – your Podiatrist is the dedicated professional to answer them.
If treatment is required, plantar orthoses for the sunken foot are a proven and effective solution. In more extreme cases, surgery may be considered.
Symptoms and causes of sunken foot
The symptoms of sunken foot can be very embarrassing for the affected patient. They may even limit the patient’s usual daily activities. Here are a few common symptoms that can be encountered in patients with this problem:
- Big toe pain
- Pain in the arch of the foot
- High arch
- Bump on the top of the foot
- Pain caused by wearing shoes
- Calf cramps
- Joint pain
- Imbalance when walking
In problematic cases where the affected foot is not treated with a hollow foot orthosis or other appropriate treatment, more severe and painful foot imbalances may occur:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Toes in claw
- Bursitis of the heel
- Postural imbalances: feet outward, vertebral misalignment
As with any imbalance, the earlier you consult for a sunken foot, the more options for treatment. The important thing is to consult when you feel limitations appear.
The difference between hollow foot and flat foot
Flat foot is, in contrast to the hollow foot, a foot that has a small plantar arch. The extreme flat foot is the total absence of a plantar arch, which may be caused by ligament hyperlaxity or poor muscle tone. Taken together, these factors can contribute to foot deformity.
Fortunately, there are several solutions for people with a flat foot problem. The important thing is to detect it early, so that preventive measures can be applied to protect the foot from possible deformities.
Here are a few preventive measures to avoid complications of flat feet:
- Podiatric care
- Manual therapy
- Stretching Routine
- Purchase of adapted shoes
- Prefabricated soles
- Gentle handling
- Foot orthotics
- Surgical treatment (as a last resort)
How to remedy the hollow foot
Ankle orthotics and physiotherapy are sometimes recommended, both to relieve pain and to prevent complications. Well-fitting footwear is also a considerable help.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that the hollow foot orthosis is the most effective solution offered in podiatry to date. Since they are molded to the foot of the Patient suffering from the symptoms of an arch too high, plantar orthoses allow for significant relief of the discomforts associated with hollow foot.
Here are a few ways to prevent pain caused by the hollow foot:
A tennis ball or a ball specially designed for hollow foot massage can be used as a tool for self-massage. This will help you reduce the stiffness of the tissues in the arch of the foot.
A good stretching routine
Regular stretching of the foot, suitable for the hollow foot, can help the tissues to maintain flexibility. The practice of stretching in this case can also prevent injury, decrease stiffness and tension in the ligaments of the foot.
When to consult a Podiatrist
Some signs of hollow foot indicate that it is time to consult a Podiatrist. These symptoms include arching feet, foot pain and a bump on the top of the foot. Above all, it is important to consult if the discomforts associated with sunken feet are causing significant changes in your routine.
Foot pain can disrupt your daily routine. When you feel that the pain associated with sunken feet limits you a little more each day, don’t wait any longer to make an appointment at a podiatry clinic.
Your Podiatrist will evaluate your feet, including an x-ray, to determine the condition of your feet. An evaluation of your posture and gait will also be done, to highlight the best possible treatment plan.
As read above, a plantar orthosis for hollow feet is a very effective treatment to relieve and eliminate certain symptoms. In all cases, your Podiatrist will make personalized recommendations adapted to your situation.2021