Many people have the condition known as flat feet (or fallen arches). The symptoms of fallen arches can be treated with orthotics or surgery. Left untreated, flat feet can sometimes cause pain and stiffness in other parts of the body, although some people experience no pain or problems.
What Are The Symptoms Of Fallen Arches/ Flat Feet?
Flat feet/ fallen arches are the names for a condition where a person’s entire sole is in contact with the ground. People with flat feet can have pain and stiffness in the ankle, knee or lower back. This is because the condition can cause their weight to become unevenly distributed, putting extra pressure on their joints. However, some people with fallen arches do not experience any pain or problems. Common symptoms include shoes wearing out quickly or weak, stiff feet.
What Causes Flat Feet/ Fallen Arches?
Flat feet can be caused by the arch failing to develop in infancy. It often runs in families abut can also be caused by injuries, illness, biomechanical problems or the increased levels of elastin during pregnancy. It is normal for younger children to have flat feet, with the arch developing at around the age of 3 – 10 years.
Treatments For Flat Feet/ Fallen Arches
Treatments for fallen arches that are causing pain or discomfort generally involve prescription orthotics (insoles) or foot exercises. In more problematic cases, you may be advised to consider surgery. Runners and joggers should wear trainers with extra medial support or orthotics, as this reduces overpronation. Overpronation is where the ankle rolls inward, changing the alignment of joints in the leg and increasing the risk of injury.
If you have flat feet and would like to seek treatment, please contact us. We can book you a consultation with a qualified podiatrist who will assess and advise you.