Having flat feet, or pes planus, is a common condition among adults. Flat feet, sometimes called fallen arches, can cause problems with the ankles and knees. In addition, they can have a negative effect on body alignment, which can increase the likelihood of injury while engaging in sports or other activities. Many people do not experience pain from having flat feet, while others may feel pain in the arch or ankle. The pain may be worse at night or after engaging in prolonged activity. The main problem with flat feet is that the arch cannot support the soft tissues in the foot, causing swelling and fatigue. Obesity is one of the main contributors to developing flat feet. Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and aging are other common factors. A number of treatments for flat feet are available for people who have problems caused by flat feet. Among them are custom orthotics, which can be made by a podiatrist to address the specific problems of your feet. If you have pain or discomfort from flat feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
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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