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Fallen arches, the medical term for flat feet, are simply feet that do not arch in the middle. Such feet lay flat with the whole of the sole on the ground. All children are born with flat feet, but as they grow the feet normally develop an arch so that by the age of ten almost all children have arched feet.
Occasionally a child will not develop properly arched feet. This may be due to a bone malformation present at birth, or abnormalities in ligaments within the feet or legs that cause the child's weight to be unevenly distributed.
When flat feet develop at a later age, they are known as fallen arches. The arches may fall because the muscles supporting them are no longer able to do so. In addition the spring ligament within the foot may have lost some of its tension allowing the arch of the foot to flatten. Other conditions causing fallen arches include sudden weight gain, a nervous system injury, or a loss of sensation caused by a disease such as diabetes. Most people with fallen arches are flat on both feet.
Not everyone who has flat feet experiences symptoms. Others, however, feel persistent pain in their feet and wearing shoes can prove additionally painful. Others only feel symptoms when they walk more than normal, go jogging or participate in a sport that involves running or kicking.
If fallen arches are not causing any pain or discomfort, then they will not need any treatment. If they were causing a persistent pain in the feet, or in the hips, legs or knees, then it would be best to consult your family doctor.
Walking is the natural activity of feet and if it is not too painful, sufferers should walk as much as possible to strengthen their arches. When it is possible, go barefoot, or wear soft flexible shoes. In cases of severe fallen arches, your doctor may recommend special shoe inserts.
|marie(XFN49230) Posted: 12/07/2006 13:03|
|I was attending my doctor with a swelling on my foot for three years and he never mentioned it could be fallen arches, It got so bad that I went for physiotherphy and at last I am getting some relief|
|Shar Posted: 10/02/2007 05:42|
|My Mum has fallen arches & sufferers great pain, when getting out of bed in the morning for about 10mins until she gets moving. She isnt so bad if she's been out set dancing the night before. can anyone recommend a treatment or physio specialising in this area please, as I'd like her to see the best specialist.|
|kim(VRE60560) Posted: 07/09/2007 13:05|
|My two sons have flat feet. I was told by physio that bad cases of this can cause problems in later life resulting in hip and knee replacement surgeries. both of my children are now wearing supports in their shoes, ordered in for me by the physio. Their walking is greatly improved by these, no more pains in feet and legs.|
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