What is Flat Feet/Fallen Foot Arches?
Flat Feet / fallen foot arches is the most common foot deformity. It is reported that over sixty million Americans, or 25% of the U.S. population have flat feet. The majority of these cases, especially in children, require only conservative (non-surgical) treatment if any at all.
Flat Feet / fallen foot arches are not necessarily a medical problem, although some people may have an aesthetic problem with this condition. People with a flat feet or highly arched feet that experience pain should seek medical treatment.
Causes of Flat Feet Include:
- Abnormality in the alignment of bones
- Excessive elasticity of the ligaments
- Muscle imbalance
- A combination of the above
In some cases surgery may be required if the condition does not respond to non-surgical methods of treatment. As with all foot problems, early diagnosis is key and can prevent the need for surgical correction if the condition worsens.