Why Flat?

One of the most common feet problem that we face and know of is flat feet!

Pes Planus commonly known as flat feet is a condition whereas the tissues holding the joints in the foot together (called tendons) are loose. There are many causes for flat feet. Things like over time, years of wear and tear lead to weaken of the tendon. If one has weak arch or injury or muscle damaged caused by excessive strain on feet are possible causes. 

For Infants and toddlers, the foot arch is not developed yet and thus flat feet are normal. The arch is developing in childhood and by adulthood the normal arches will be developed. Most people with flat feet do not usually feel pain. Over time, flat feet will lead to other problem such as pronation of feet where the ankle bones will lean inward toward the centre line. 

Without the support of the missing/collapsed arches symptoms such as pain and discomfort in the arch and heel area is common. One solutions suggested by the podiatrist will be getting an insole (orthotics) to put inside your shoe to support your feet. The right insole will be able to provide some shock absorption during activity and support the collapsed/fallen arch! 

Some complication for flat feet is that as the condition become worst. It will lead to alteration of the way we walk. This can cause the pain to increase at the different parts of our legs and in the back such as Achilles Tendinopathy and Plantar Fasciitis. Altered walking can also lead to further abnormalities of feet such as calluses, hammer toes and bunions.

With this information, hope that you will look after your flatfoot a little bit more and seek help if you need!