Fallen Arches/Flat Feet
Flat feet occur when the arches on the inside of your feet become flattened, allowing your whole foot to touch the floor when you stand up. Usually, the condition will be painless but it can contribute to other problems in the ankles and knees due to realignment of the legs. The arches of the foot will usually develop through childhood and can then fall over time as structures in the foot weaken.
- Childhood development
- Damages to structures of the foot (injury and repetitive use)
Common Signs & Symptoms
Most people will show no signs or symptoms associated to flat feet. However, heel and arch pain is common for those individuals who do suffer. To see if you do have flat feet look you can look at your footprint. For those with flat feet, the sole will be completely covered where as if there is an arch to the foot, this area will be cut out from your footprint.
- If you are in pain consult a podiatrist
- A podiatrist may advise using insoles, different shoes to wear and various exercises which can help with pain relief and any stiffness
- Surgery may be required if there are issues with the bones and other treatment options have not helped or fixed the issue.