Flat Foot, Flat Feet, Collapsed Arches, Fallen Arches and How They Affect Foot Health
Most people with flat feet have a condition that is referred to as a flexible flat foot. This is caused by excessive or over pronation (rolling in) due to a mechanical misalignment of the foot. This is a very destructive position for the foot to function in and can cause a wide variety of foot, leg and lower back conditions.
Appearance of Flat Feet
The appearance of flat feet may vary from foot to foot. Generally there is a collapse of the medial (inside/middle) long arch of the foot. This may occur mildly where the arch height drops slightly or can be a large movement that results in the entire length of the arch resting on the ground. The twisting and misalignment of the foot that occurs with arch collapse cause excessive wear and tear on the foot and eventually pain.
Flat feet can lead to a number of foot and lower limb symptoms, this is largely due to the inefficient position the foot is placed in when it over pronates (rolls in). Some common pains associated with flexible flat foot include;