What are flat feet?
Most people have a gap under the arch of their foot when they are in a standing position. The arch, the inner part of the foot is slightly raised off the ground. People with flat feet or fallen arches either have no arch, or it is very low. A significant number of people with fallen arches (flat feet) experience no pain and have no problems. Some, however, may experience pain in their feet, especially when the connecting ligaments and muscles are strained. The leg joints may also be affected, resulting in pain. If the ankles turn inwards because of flat feet the most likely affected areas will be the feet, ankles and knees.Some people have flat feet because of a developmental fault during childhood, while others may find that the problem develops as they age, or after a pregnancy. There are some simple devices which may prevent the complications of flat feet.
Symptoms may vary and generally depend on the severity of the condition. It can range of ankle pain to heel pain. Some have an uneven distribution of bodyweight and find that the heel of their shoes wears out more rapidly and more on one side than the other.
If you experience symptoms with flatfoot, the surgeon may recommend non-surgical treatment options, including: