Flat feet (or flatfeet) occur when the arches of the feet are flattened rather than assuming the normal curve that provides support to the midsection of the foot. Flat feet can develop in childhood when the arch does not develop in a normal manner, or they can occur in adults when the structures that support the arch become weak or damaged. People who are obese and those who have diabetes are at an increased risk for developing flat feet.
Flat feet typically cause pain and aching, especially in the midsection of the foot, but also in the heel and toes and along the sides of the feet. That's because the arch connects with the ligaments and tendons that provide support to the other areas of the foot, and when the arch is not properly curved and supported, it can increase strain and pain in these areas as well. Some people with flat feet also experience knee or lower back pain as a result of changes in the way they walk or stand. Symptoms may be persistent or they may occur after long periods of activity like sports participation.
People who have flat feet can benefit from:
In more severe cases such as when flat feet occur as a result of damage to the structure of the arch, surgery may be needed to correct a defect, repair damaged or stretched ligaments or tendons, and provide long-term relief of symptoms.
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