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COMMON FOOT PAIN PROBLEM

FLAT FEET

Flat Feet
SYMPTOMS: COLLAPSED INSTEP

“Flat Feet” or “Fallen Arches” occur when the arch or instep of the foot collapses and comes in contact with the ground.
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Flat feet themselves usually don’t cause problems, but can be a contributing factor to other problems in your feet, ankles and knees. Flat feet are a fairly common condition. The arch usually develops in childhood and by adulthood giving most people developed arches; however some people never develop arches.

This is a normal variation in foot type and people may or may not have problems without arches. Lax ligaments can cause flat feet as can congenital conditions that affect the foot. Flat feet can be associated with pronation, which happens when your arches touch the ground causing your ankles to lean inward toward each other.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE IT:

Arches can fall over time leading to flat feet. Years of wear and tear can weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs along the inside of your ankle, from above your ankle to your arch. The posterior tibial tendon is the main support structure for the arch. An overload to this tendon can cause inflammation of the tendon and even tearing of the tendon. Once the tendon is damaged, the foot’s arch loses support and can flatten.

Ongoing stress in your feet can also lead to flat feet. One of these stresses may be long-term wearing of high heels, which can affect your Achilles tendon and change the mechanics of your ankles.

One of the biggest indicators of flat fleet is discomfort or pain. As the normal arch begins to drop, walking can become very uncomfortable. Due to the less supportive structure of a flat foot, postural strain and misalignment through the foot, ankle, knee and lower back can occur.

Good Feet is a retail establishment and not a medical provider. We do not diagnose, prescribe or fill prescriptions. For serious health issues, please consult your physician.

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