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A person is said to have “flat feet” when the arches on the inside of their feet are flattened, allowing the soles of their feet to touch the surface they are standing on. This is generally a painless condition that occurs due to arches not developing properly during childhood. They can, however, develop from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of aging or after an injury.
While normally painless, flat feet can at times contribute to ankle and knee problems due to the fact they can alter the alignment of a person’s legs. The resulting pain can be reduced by correcting the underlying problem of flat feet.
Flat feet are normal among infants and toddlers since the arches of their feet are not yet fully developed. Arches develop before throughout childhood but some adults never develop them. People without arches may or may not have problems.
Flexible flat foot is sometimes seen among children, where the arch is visible when they are sitting or standing on tiptoes, but vanishes when they stand normally. Most children outgrow this condition.
A person’s arches can also fall over time due to wear and tear that weakens the tendon that runs along the inside of the ankle and supports the arch.
If a patient’s flat feet are painful or causing other problems, a doctor may suggest:
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