Flat feet is a condition where the arch of the foot is either too low or nonexistent. As a rule, flat feet are rarely considered to be medically serious. However, flat feet can sometimes lead to discomfort or complications, and some type of treatment may be necessary. If you are experiencing pain around the ankle or aching in the arch of the foot, it may be time to consider treatment. Additionally, if you notice that your shoes are wearing out quickly, it could be a sign that your flat feet are causing undue stress on your footwear. Non-surgical treatment includes changing footwear, investing in orthotic inserts for improved arch support, and performing certain exercises to improve the strength and flexibility of the foot muscles. These can potentially reduce pain and discomfort. Prescription painkillers may be recommended to manage pain and any stiffness associated with flat feet. When other treatments have failed or if there's a structural issue with the bones, tissues, or muscles in the feet, surgery may be considered as a last resort. For guidance about treatment options for flat feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.
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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