In adults, flat feet usually remain permanently flat. Treatment usually addresses the symptoms rather than a cure. In adults the condition is called acquired flatfoot because it affects feet that at one point in time had a normal longitudinal arch. The deformity may worsen over time as one ages.
If left untreated, PTTD may create an extremely flat foot, painful arthritis in the foot and ankle, and will limit your ability to walk, run, and other activities. Your podiatrist at PA Foot and Ankle Associates may recommend one or more of these non-surgical treatments to manage your PTTD: Orthotic devices or bracing.
What happens to flat feet over time?
Flat feet tend to cause another condition called overpronation, which is when the ankles roll inward while youre walking. This can lead to foot and ankle pain. Because your feet are the basis of support for your entire body, having flat feet and overpronation can cause problems with your spinal alignment.
Do flat feet get worse with age?
Flexible flatfoot comes on during childhood or the teen years. It affects both feet and gradually gets worse with age. Tendons and ligaments in the arches of the feet can stretch, tear and swell.
How can I prevent my flat feet from getting worse?
What to do if you have flat feet or low archesSee a podiatrist.Maintain a healthy weight.Wear the right shoes.Dont skip rest days.Dont ignore pain.
Who should I see about my flat feet?
See a GP if you have flat feet and: your feet are painful, stiff, weak or numb. you often get feet or ankle injuries. you have problems with walking or balance.
Are flat feet common?
What are flat feet? Flat feet (pes planus) are commonly known as fallen or collapsed arches. Its a relatively common condition that can affect up to 30 percent of the population, causing symptoms in 1 in 10 of these people. Usually, both feet are affected, but its possible to have a fallen arch on only one foot.