A fallen arch is another term for flat foot, a condition characterized by the arch on the bottom of the foot becoming weakened and gradually lowering to the floor. A person with a fallen arch would feel the entire sole of their foot touching the ground while standing.
There are several factors that can cause an arch to fall. Most commonly, heredity plays a role in having a foot structure prone to this condition. Flat feet can be present at birth, develop at an early age or not become present until adulthood. Other causes include weakened muscles in the arch due to aging, stretched or torn tendons, excessive use of certain shoes such as high heels, damage to the posterior tibial tendon, broken bones and rheumatoid arthritis.
There is no need to be concerned if you notice your arches have fallen. Dr. Danciger can monitor your foot health and provide valuable tips to protect your feet and treatment should you have foot pain. Call our office at (760) 568-0108 with any questions or to make an appointment.