The medical term that is known as flat feet refers to an absence of an arch in the foot. This condition is noticeable when the foot lies completely flat on the floor, and can change the structure of the foot. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will typically develop in the teenage years. Additional reasons why flat feet may occur can include genetics, an injury that has happened to the foot, or existing medical conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. If there is discomfort, moderate relief may be found when shoes that have adequate support are worn. It may be advantageous for overweight patients to lose excess pounds, and this may be helpful in relieving pressure on the feet. If you are afflicted with flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly treat flat feet.
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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