The supportive arch of your foot may begin to collapse from loss of strength causing your foot to flatten. Some people are born with flat feet while others develop the condition as a result of arthritis, trauma, or musculo-skeletal disorders.
Overuse or repeated pounding on hard surfaces can also weaken the foot's arch. Discomfort caused from flat feet may not appear for years. Walking may become awkward, difficult or painful as feet and calves receive increasing strain. Excess strain from flat feet may cause other problems such as:
- arch strain
- sagging joints
Flat feet can be improved by the following treatments:
- Surgery - Inserting a titanium implant into the sinus tarsi. This implant prevents overpronating and adds stability to the foot.
- Strapping - Using tape to help temporarily maintain proper position of your feet.
- Orthotics - Inserts to readjust the weight-bearing position of your feet.
- Medication - Anti-inflammatory medication can relieve pain caused by flat feet.
It is very important that flat feet are diagnosed at an early age. Most people do not outgrow this foot deformity.