Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, are a common condition that affects individuals of all ages. Identifying whether you have flat feet involves recognizing various signs and symptoms. First, stand on an even surface and observe the soles of your feet. If your arches touch the ground entirely or appear significantly lowered, you may have flat feet. Pain or discomfort in the feet, particularly in the arches, heels, or calves, can also indicate flat feet. Additionally, your shoes may wear out more on the inner side, revealing your foot's pronation pattern. Consulting a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis is essential to determine if you have flat feet. A podiatrist will explore appropriate treatments and support options for your specific needs. If you think you have flat feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor as soon as possible.
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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