Flat feet is where the space on inner part of the foot, where the arch should be is in contact with the ground. Whilst children between the ages of 3-10 do not have an arch, adults who have a low or no arch are said to have ‘flat feet’.
What are the causes?
In some people that is just the shape of their foot.
It may run in the family
Very occasionally it may be that the shape is due to a deformity when the baby is in the womb.
In some people the foot rolls in when standing. This may be due to lax ligaments in the heel or at the base of the big toe, which allows the foot to roll in or pronate. Some of these people may have lax joints in other joints.
Occasionally a flat foot develops later in life, due to a ruptured tendon (tibialis posterior) or arthritis, or some other injury that causes stiffness and distortion to the foot.
Others such as those with diseases of the nervous system or muscles can also have flat feet, such as those with Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, or Muscular Dystrophy.
Do flat feet cause problems?
Usually none at all, though they normally feel more comfortable in a well fitted shoe.Those who have flat feet due to diseases may need special supports or braces.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact one of our Chiropodists/Podiatrists.
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