Flatfoot occurs when the arches of the feet are low or even touch the ground. While many people with flatfoot don’t experience major foot problems, the altered biomechanics of the foot can lead to foot pain and gait issues. Collapsed arches can strain the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that support the foot’s structure. This strain is what may lead to pain, particularly in the arch area and the inner side of the ankle. This pain can even extend to the knee or lower back. Individuals with flat feet may experience pain during prolonged periods of standing or walking. The absence of a natural arch can also affect shock absorption, increasing the force on joints and potentially causing discomfort. Podiatrists can recommend supportive footwear, shoe inserts, and targeted exercises to strengthen the foot muscles. If you have foot pain and flat feet, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can locate the source of your pain and provide a customized treatment plan to improve your foot health.
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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