Flat feet, also termed pes planus, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses and the bottom of the foot lies flat on the ground. Three common types of flat feet are flexible, rigid, and adult-onset. Flexible flat feet are the most common, where the arch is visible while sitting, but disappears when weight is taken off of the foot. It affects both feet and gradually worsens with age. With rigid flat feet, the foot arch is missing in all conditions. The feet may become painful and it may be difficult to flex the foot or even move it from side to side. This may affect one or both feet. Adult-acquired, or fallen arches, occurs when the arch suddenly collapses. This problem commonly affects only one foot, and is frequently the result of an injury to the tendon that supports the arch. Certain conditions can bring on the occurrence of flat feet, including Achilles tendon injuries, broken bones, obesity, and pregnancy. To manage flat feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer treatment options.
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.
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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