Oct. 13, 2020, 1 p.m.
The medical condition called pes planus, or fallen arches refer to feet that entirely touch the ground when standing up. Usually known as Flat Feet, this condition isn't inherently harmful, but it can undoubtedly lead to complications. As children, we all tend to have flat feet, but as soon as our feet' ligaments and tendons start to tighter, they disappear.
Typically, this is a genetic condition and has been passed down to people who have it, so there is not much that can be done to prevent it. Since it is hereditary, it is not painful unless you are highly active in which case there are chances of getting foot and ankle injury.
Yes, there are multiple types of flat feet; a few are listed below:
If you are experiencing foot pain which is causing a hindrance in your day-to-day activities, it is a good idea to get it checked out by an orthopaedic or a podiatrist. To identify if you have developed flat feet, your doctor would examine if you have arches on your toe while standing-up. If this is not enough, an X-Ray scan might be advised to inspect the bones and tendons, after which it will be easier to conclude.
Having flat feet can be a cause of discomfort for many people. While it is not always preventable, precautions can be taken to avoid any further deterioration, e.g., wearing shoes that fit well. In addition to this, exercises like heel stretches, tennis ball rolls, arch lifts and calf raises can also prove beneficial in managing the symptoms adequately.
Yours in self-care,