Flat feet or pes planus is the lowering of the arch of the foot. This can cause ankle, knee or lower back pain. Flat feet may be caused by injury, disease such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, physical abnormality such as tarsal coalition or accessory navicular or from just normal aging. A young child usually has flat feet however good arches should develop through adolescence and into adulthood. Signs of flat feet are low arch when standing, uneven shoe wear, foot pain or calf muscle pain or ankle pain and swelling on the inside of the ankle. Your Podiatrist can examine your feet and do a gait analysis. Orthotics will then be prescribed to manage the arch and foot biomechanics.
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