Flat Feet

What is Flat Feet?

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a condition where the arches on the inside of the feet are flattened, allowing the entire sole of the foot to touch the ground when standing. This condition can be congenital (present from birth) or can develop over time due to various factors like aging, injury, or excessive stress on the feet. While flat feet are common and often painless, they can lead to problems in your ankles and knees because the condition can alter the alignment of your legs.

What are signs & symptoms of Flat Feet?

Identifying flat feet is relatively straightforward, with the following signs and symptoms:

  • The entire sole of the foot makes contact with the floor when standing
  • Pain in the feet, particularly in the heel or arch area
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Swelling along the inside of the ankle
  • Feet appearing tired or strained

People with flat feet may also experience pain in the lower back, hips, or knees due to altered posture.

What are some treatments for Flat Feet?

Treatment for flat feet focuses on relieving pain and improving foot function:

  • Orthotic devices or arch supports to wear in shoes
  • Stretching exercises, particularly for the Achilles tendon
  • Supportive, well-fitted shoes
  • Physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the feet
  • Pain relief using over-the-counter painkillers in case of discomfort

For severe cases or when conservative treatments fail, surgical intervention might be considered. It’s important for individuals with flat feet to consult with a podiatrist to determine the best course of action based on the severity of their condition.

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