What Are the Risks Associated With Flat Feet?

Flat feet The arch of your foot is essential to helping you stand, balance, walk, and so on. Having an arch gives your foot more flexibility, so your foot can better absorb shock during physical activities. Those with flat feet, meaning they do not have an arch, can develop problems with their feet as they age. This article will outline the risks associated with flat feet.

What Causes a Person to Have Flat Feet?

Flat feet are most commonly a hereditary condition. Our arches develop as we grow and begin walking, but for some, the arch does not develop. However, some people develop flat feet as they age. This can be caused by a number of factors, including obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, or even problems with the tendons or ligaments in the foot.

What Are the Risks of Having Flat Feet?

If you have begun to develop pain or swelling caused by flat feet, it’s important to seek treatment as there are risks to leaving them untreated.

  • Achilles tendonitis: The tendon connecting the calf to your heel can develop micro tears from working harder during physical activity.
  • Arthritis: Arches help absorb the shock of physical activity; without this, your joints will be forced to take on the stress, increasing the risks of arthritis.
  • Plantar fasciitis: Your plantar fascia (the ligament down the back of your heel and bottom of your foot) can become inflamed.
  • Other foot problems: As the other areas of your feet seek to make up for the lack of support provided by your arch, this can lead to pain, inflammation, and instability.
  • Leg problems: Problems with your feet cause stress on the tendons and muscles in the legs as they try to accommodate your feet. This can lead to shin splits, stress fractures, and other issues.

Consult With Orthopedic Associates of Long Island

If you are concerned about your flat feet or they are becoming painful, schedule a consultation with the experts at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island. Call (631) 689-6698 or submit a contact form on their website at www.oali.com.

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