Flat Feet and Foot Pain
Flat feet, (also commonly referred to as fallen arches or pes planus), is a condition that can cause significant discomfort including muscle pains in the legs and feet, knee joints or low back. The sole of the foot for those with flat feet comes completely or almost completely in contact with the ground. It is particularly important to monitor children for flat feet because the chance to minimize the impact of structural defects become less as age increases. Parents should take note if a child appears to have an odd gait, walks on the inner edges of their feet, limps or complains of foot pain or fatigue when walking. While flat feet cannot be corrected, treatment will alleviate the discomfort associated with the condition. If caught and treated early, the osseous and soft tissues structures can be realigned to a new position that can minimize the effects of the condition.