Patients who have flat feet are lacking an arch, which is noticeable while standing up. It is also referred to as fallen arches or pes planus, and the majority of babies are born with this condition. The baby's arch will gradually form as the ligaments and tendons in the leg become tighter, and will be fully developed during the teenage years. In a small percentage of adults the arch does not develop, and this may be caused by an illness or injury. It may also happen from genetic reasons and may be more prevalent as the aging process occurs. Obesity may significantly contribute to having flat feet, in addition to rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. Patients may notice their feet constantly ache, and mild relief may be found when custom-made orthotics are worn and specific stretches are performed. If you are afflicted with flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward management techniques.
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.
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