Flatfoot

Flatfoot is a common and usually painless condition in children.  For adults, pain may occur during or after physical activity and there may be some dull pain after long periods of rest. The cause of a fallen arch is simple: the tendons and ligaments that support the arch weaken and collapse due to too much stress or overuse.  Flatfoot causes noticeable fatigue in the arches, heels, knees, or lower back.

 

Other common symptoms of flatfoot include:

  • Feet that ache

  • Swollen feet

  • Difficulty moving the foot

  • Back or leg pain

 

Treating flatfoot medically depends on the severity and cause of the problem. It’s important to have your flatfoot examined by a podiatrist, because it can lead to more serious problems like heel spurs, ankle or knee pain, or arthritis.

 

When flatfoot cause severe pain or begin contributing to other conditions, your doctor may suggest one or more of the following treatments:

  • Orthotic devices

  • Stretching exercises

  • Supportive shoes

  • Physical therapy

 

When pain or foot damage becomes severe, your doctor may recommend surgery. Contact

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