Do you have flatfeet?
A normal human foot has a gap, or arch, on the underside that naturally forms during the early years of childhood. For some people, that arch never develops or it loosens over time, resulting in
The foot’s arch plays a role in how you walk. If the arch is flat or too low to the ground, this can strain certain muscles, tendons, and joints in the feet and legs. It can cause overpronation when you walk or run. Most frequently, it puts
In some people,
If you have
Flatfeet are often caused by:
- Genetics. If your parents or grandparents have
flatfeet, you are more likely to have them.
- Weakened tendons in the foot. Some people’s arches collapse when they put weight on their foot because the tendons cannot support the body’s weight.
- Normal aging and wear and tear. Over time, muscles and tendons lose some of their strength. This may result in a lower or flattened arch.
- Foot injuries, such as a sprained ankle or injury to the tendon in the foot’s arch.
Your podiatrist can often tell if you have flatfeet by examining your feet while you stand and walk. Adults who have
Although flatfeet aren’t always serious, any foot, ankle, or leg pain should be checked out by your podiatrist. A few simple adjustments to your footwear may help support your arches, alleviate discomfort, and prevent complications.
Are your feet or ankles bothering you? Are you concerned about your