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Flat Feet - Pes Planus

Flat Feet - Pes Planus refers to a condition where a person has little to no arch in their foot. While it isn't usually a problem for most people, it may cause foot pain and other postural issues.  

What is Flat Feet - Pes Planus?

Flat Feet - Pes Planus is a postural deformity relating to the medial longitudinal arch’s collapse or flattening. Flat Fee - Pes Planus results in the midfoot region pronating towards the ground, and in some cases touching the ground ultimately. 

There are different types of Flat Feet - Pes Planus. These are:

  • Flexible Flat Feet - most common type of Flat Feet - Pes Planus. Arches appear in the feet when not standing, but collapse when you put weight on the feet. Usually coming in during childhood and adolescence, it affects both feet and can get worse with age. Tendons and ligaments in the feet can stretch, tear and swell. 
  • Rigid Flat Feet - Arches are non-existent, whether sitting or standing. Often develops during adolescence and gets worse with age. May experience foot pain, and can be difficult to move the feet up and down or side to side. Can affect one foot or both. 
  • Adult-Acquired Flat Feet (Fallen Arches) - Foot unexpectedly drops or collapses. Fallen arch causes the foot to turn outward, which can be painful. May only affect one foot. Usually due to a tear or inflammation in the leg tendon that supports the arch.
  • Vertical Talus - a congenital disability that prevents arches from forming, due to the talus bone being in the wrong position. Also called 'rocker-bottom foot', the bottom of the foot can look like the bottom of a rocking chair.

Flat Feet - Pes Planus

Signs and Symptoms of Flat Feet - Pes Planus

While some people can be asymptomatic, common symptoms for Flat Feet - Pes Planus include:

  • Leg cramps
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain in the arch, ankle, heel or outside foot
  • Pain when walking or changes in gait
  • Toe drift (where front part of the foot and toes point outward)

Causes of Flat Feet - Pes Planus

Flat Feet - Pes Planus can have a number of causes, including genetic. Other risk factors, or conditions that increase the incidence of Flat Feet - Pes Planus include:

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