Flat feet is an affliction in which the arches of the feet disappear or were never properly developed. As a result, the entire soles of the feet rest flush against the floor. Many new parents often wonder whether it is natural for their babies to have flat feet. They also often ask podiatrists when it is normal for their babies to develop arches in the feet. Although these answers are not ironclad and completely consistent from person to person, several rules of thumb might be gleaned. Typically speaking, newborn babies are born without foot arches. However, they commonly begin to develop by the time the child is about 3 years old. It is also important to note that young children might have either of two types of flat feet: rigid or flexible. If you are a new parent and want to make sure that your child’s feet are developing properly, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Gerber Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Are Flat Feet?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tip toe
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Evanston, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.