If you’re finding yourself dealing with symptoms including foot pain, restricted mobility, and difficulty wearing shoes, you may be dealing with a case of fallen arches, also known as flat feet and called pes planus by medical professionals.
If you look at a typical adult foot from the inside, you'll usually notice an upward curve in the middle. This is the arch. It’s formed by tendons in your foot and lower leg working in cooperation. When all the tendons pull the proper amount, your foot forms a moderate, normal arch. When tendons do not pull together properly, there is little or no arch. Occasionally, the tendons are over-active and pes cavus, an atypically high arch, occurs.
If the flat arch occurs only when standing and returns when the foot is lifted off the ground, the condition is called flexible pes planus. Rigid pes planus refers to a situation in which the arch is flattened both when standing and when the foot is elevated.
Numerous factors can be involved in the development of fallen arches, including family history, injury, and obesity. Other causes can include torn or damaged tendons, pregnancy, aging, and medical conditions including rheumatoid arthritis.
You can easily test yourself to see if you might have fallen arches. Start by getting your feet wet. Next, step onto a flat surface where your footprint will show, such as a concrete walkway or a pad of newspaper. Step away and take a look. You should see a large dry spot on the inner edge of your foot where the arch is located. If you see complete imprints of the bottom of your feet, you may have flat feet. It’s time to see the podiatrist.
With decades of education and experience, Dr. Craig Wexler is an expert in all conditions of the feet, ankles, and lower legs. If you suspect that you’re suffering from flat feet or any other podiatric issue, click here or call Wexler Foot Center to schedule an appointment in our comfortable and convenient Newton office. Using modern equipment, Craig Wexler, DPM will provide you with a thorough examination, accurate diagnosis, individualized treatment, and comprehensive aftercare.