One in four adults in the US has flat feet also known as “fallen arches” and can be congenital or acquired with age. Patients experiencing this condition may feel:
- Heel or ankle pain
- Tired feet
- Foot or ankle deformities
- Knee or back pain
Even when patients do not exhibit any symptoms, flatfoot tends to worsen over time, and requires treatment. Athletes and the obese are at a higher risk of developing this condition. Treatment for flatfoot can often be as simple as minor lifestyle changes such as changing shoes, wearing orthotic devices and taking anti-inflammatory mediation to relieve pain. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed to correct the problem. This surgery may involve removing or reshaping or fusing one or more of the bones in the foot together.