If you look at an adult foot from the inside, you’ll usually notice an upward curve in the middle. This is called an arch. Tendons — tight bands that attach at the heel and foot bones — form the arch. Several tendons in your foot and lower leg work together to form the arches in your foot.
When the tendons all pull the proper amount, then your foot forms a moderate, normal arch. When tendons do not pull together properly, there is little or no arch. This is called flat foot or fallen arch.
can occur during childhood if the arches of the feet don’t develop, after an injury, or from the wear and tear of aging.
Most people have no symptoms associated with flat feet. But some people with flat feet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area.
For painful flat feet, treatments include arch supports for the shoes, stretching, or a structurally supportive shoe.
- Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured,
- Usually self-diagnosable
- Lab tests or imaging rarely required
- Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong