Flexible Flatfoot

Flexible Flatfoot 2017-02-17T18:25:24+00:00

Foot and Ankle – Flexible Flatfoot

This condition occurs when the arch of the foot appears to disappear when the foot is placed on a flat surface, like when standing. Most children outgrow flexible flatfoot without problems, because the foot retains strong muscle function and mobility. If flexible flatfoot continues into adolescence pain and discomfort can develop along the bottom of the foot. The tendons in the foot can also become rigid, causing the condition to develop into rigid flatfoot. In these instances treatment would be necessary to alleviate pain.

Symptoms

  • Feet that appear flat with no arch
  • Discomfort
  • Pain during physical activities
  • Fatigue of the leg and foot

Treatment

  • Stretching
  • Exercise
  • Orthotic devices

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