Flat feet (pes planus) refer to a change in foot shape in which the foot does not have a normal arch when standing. It is a condition in which the longitudinal arch in the foot, which runs lengthwise along the sole of the foot, has not developed normally and is lowered or flattened out. One foot or both feet may be affected.
“A common and usually painless condition, flatfeet can occur when the arches don’t develop during childhood. In other cases, flatfeet develop after an injury or from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of age.”
People who have flat feet often don’t have symptoms or problems. Some people may have pain because of a change in their work environment, a minor injury, sudden weight gain, poorly fitted shoe gear or excessive standing, walking, jumping, or running.
“Children may have foot pain, ankle pain, or lower leg pain. They should be evaluated by a health care provider if this occurs. Symptoms in adults may include tired or achy feet after long periods of standing or playing sports”
It is recommended that any person or child be evaluated by a physician if you have flat feet to review treatment options such as custom functional foot orthotics or a certain type of shoes. If you notice that your feet flatten out after an injury then you may need a surgical procedure.
Call Dr. Hollander today, 707-578-1222, for an evaluation if you have any concerns or questions.