What You Should Know About Flatfeet

Feet are a marvel, and help us do more than get from place to place. We climb, skip, cuddle, jump, and balance with the help of our five-toed friends. Having flatfeet is something you may have heard of before, but what is it and can it happen to you?

What Are Flatfeet?

Flatfeet are exactly that — when the arch of a foot is very shallow or nonexistent, and the bottom of the foot has full contact with the ground or floor when standing. Many people have flatfeet from the time they are infants, since the arches never properly developed. Otherwise, as people age and wear out the tendons in their feet, their arches may “fall” and leave them with this condition. This is actually a fairly common problem in adults. An orthopedic doctor will sometimes see patients with flatfeet as a result of Injuries or abuse like wearing heels or poorly fitting shoes for extended periods of time.

Why are Flatfeet Bad?Orthopedic_Doctor

Having flatfeet is not typically a painful condition, numerous people with flatfeet do not seek any type of treatment from their orthopedic doctor. A person with flatfeet may not have optimum alignment in their feet, ankles, and knees when they perform routine motion. The result can be swelling in the ankles and lower legs, or foot pain.

Having flatfeet is not typically a painful condition, numerous people with flatfeet do not seek any type of treatment from their orthopedic doctor. A person with flatfeet may not have optimum alignment in their feet, ankles, and knees when they perform routine motion. The result can be swelling in the ankles and lower legs, or foot pain.

Preventing Flatfeet in Adults

For those who have normal arch development in childhood, flatfeet can still occur. To prevent the issue, it’s best to keep your weight within a healthy range as being obese will place additional stress on the arch tendons. Wear reasonable shoes or limit your time in heels. Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis may also have increased risk of developing flatfeet. If you notice that your arches are changing, you may be able to perform exercises such as spreading your toes, pointing your toes, and standing tip-toe to attempt to strengthen your tendons.

If you find that the structure of your feet are beginning to change or that you’re experiencing foot pain, talk to your orthopedic doctor for suggestions.

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