Flat feet, a condition where the arches of the feet touch or nearly touch the ground, can be a source of discomfort and may affect daily activities. Understanding the causes and symptoms is vital for those grappling with this common foot ailment. Often, flat feet are hereditary, with genetic factors contributing to the lack of arch development. Tendon or ligament issues, arising from injury or overuse, can also lead to flat feet. Rheumatoid arthritis or conditions impacting the nervous system may alter foot structure, causing the arches to collapse. Symptoms include pain or discomfort along the inner side of the ankle, swelling on the bottom of the feet, and difficulty in standing on tiptoes. Recognizing these signs prompts individuals to seek appropriate interventions, such as wearing supportive footwear or orthotic devices. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective relief options.
Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Scott Amoss, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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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