Flat foot is a very common foot structure in which the arch of the foot has flattened and the entire sole of the foot touches the ground when standing. If you were to step a wet foot on dark paper you would simply see an oblong pancake shape.
This condition can be present during childhood or adolescence, or it can develop over time. If you have developed fallen arches, it may be due to a weakening of the posterior tibial tendon that is the main support for your arch. Overuse or injury can impair the tendon’s ability to provide support and so the arch collapses and the foot flattens. The condition can also be related to age, as years of wear and tear can weaken tendons as well. In childhood, the condition is called flexible flatfoot and it is important to note that it often progresses in severity with age.
We can provide excellent, effective care if you have pain associated with flat feet, as well as preventative care if you are looking to avoid foot pain. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM at our Palm Desert, CA office by calling (760) 568-0108 today.