Dr. Hemant Sharma
FRCS (England) MRCS (England) DNB
Specialist in Revision Lower Limb ArthroPlasty
Complex Hip, Knee and Sports Injury
Why Must You Quickly Treat Your Flatfoot?
Flatfoot is one of the most common conditions in which a person may experience no visible arch in the foot when they stand. Most people with flatfeet do not develop their arches during childhood, and the pressure on the feet results in flattened arches. It may also occur when the arches collapse later in life, also known as “fallen arches.” But the arches may also develop later with some treatments or the wear-and-tear stresses of age.
When a person stands, the pads of the feet press on the ground, and they may experience the feet pointing outward and the whole soles of the feet falling and touching the ground. It usually does not hurt or affect walking, but if a person experiences pain, discomfort, or limited normal functioning, then treatment from a specialist can help you overcome this issue.
Different Types of Flatfoot
Flat feet may cause different issues and pains depending on the type.
A person with a rigid flatfoot may experience no arches when putting weight on the feet while standing or sitting. Rigid flatfoot often develops during the teenage years, which may be painful and worsen with time. People with rigid flatfoot may struggle to move their feet from side to side or flex up or down.
People with flexible flatfoot may see their arches when they are not standing and disappear when they put weight on their feet. Ligaments and tendons in the arches can tear, stretch, and swell. It comes on during childhood or the teenage years. Flexible flatfoot affects both feet and slowly gets worse with time.
Some people have flat feet that prevent arches from forming due to the wrong position of their ankle. It is also known as the “rocker-bottom foot.”
In this condition, the arch of the foot unexpectedly collapses and drops, which causes the foot to turn outward and may be very painful. It may be caused by inflammation in the leg tendon that supports the arch.
Symptoms of Flatfoot
There are various symptoms, such as pain, discomfort, or other issues, that a person may experience with flatfoot. Other symptoms of flatfoot may include:
People without flat feet can also develop this condition with age due to a variety of reasons. This issue is also important, as it may cause other problems and increase pain if not treated early. However, it would be best to consult with the specialist as soon as possible to resolve the issue and live without limiting regular work, discomfort, pain, and other problems.