Fallen Cross Arches

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Normal Feet

Normally, at the metatarsal area there should be a little arch formed by the metatarsal bones. This arch is supported on two main areas in the metatarsal (one below the big toe and one below the little toe). This can be seen by the two distinct pressure areas on the Normal feet pressure map.

Fallen Cross Arch can be seen on the pressure map as a "smudged" out pressure area on the metatarsal. There is no two distinct pressure areas - this is because this little arch has collapsed.

Symptoms include cold, burning or puffy feet, soreness in the metatarsal area. Fallen cross arches can lead to developing a bunion (pushed out/twisted out bones sticking out the side), mortons neuroma and hammer toes etc.

On the left side there are no two distinct high-pressure areas where it should be, to form an arch. The pressure has evened out along the whole metatarsal in the middle range of pressure/colours on the scale.

On the right side there are no two distinct high pressure areas where it should be. The High pressure (blue/white) is in the middle of the metatarsal, where the arch should be. As opposed to it just being flattened out like on the left side, there are bones pushed out - which makes a high pressure effect on the related toes leading to hammer toes.

Treatment: The built in modules in the patients Pedikom Orthotics will force the metatarsal bones, joints and muscles back into an arch - with this process it will gradually rebuild the cross arch, where it should be.

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