Flat feet (also called pes planus or fallen arches) is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.
This is a collapse of your foot's arch. It happens over time, usually in just one foot but sometimes in both. As your arch collapses, the bones of your foot may gradually shift out of alignment. This can cause pain and other problems.
Causes of Flat Feet
An estimated 20–30% of the general population has an arch that simply never develops in one or both feet.
- Genetic predisposition
- Week arches
- Wearing wrong footwear
Symptoms of Flat Feet
Many people with flat feet have little to no symptoms and can be self-diagnosed. The most common symptom is a pain in the middle of the foot that worsens with activity and standing.
Treatment for Flat Feet
- (NSAID’s) Anti-inflammatory medication
- Supportive footwear or custom orthotics. At Laser Foot Surgery Centers we use an innovative method called a VFAS procedure to fit orthotics that can be taken home the same day.
Flat Feet Surgery
Depending on one’s age and symptoms surgery may be an option to provide pain relief. If you have pain and conventional treatment has failed, call Laser Foot Surgery Centers to consult with one of our podiatrists.