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A fallen arch (also known as Adult Acquired Flatfoot or posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (PTTD)), is a progressive condition that involves weakening of a tendon and ligaments that support the inside arch. You will begin to notice arch pain and collapse of the arch with an outward shift of the forefoot/heel and inward shift of the ankle. Orthotics and physical therapy can be helpful in the early stages, but in later stages a custom brace or surgery is required.
Below is an example of a patient that had severe arch collapse and arthritis as a result of a weak posterior tibial tendon. After reconstructive surgery, the patient is greatly improved. To learn more about surgery, visit our website page (Adult Flatfoot Reconstruction).
The arch structure of our feet determines how we walk, which means our arches need to be both sturdy and flexible in order to adjust to different walking surfaces. For most people, their feet have a curve or an arch at the bottom that provides flexibility and shock absorption. But for the five percent of Adults in the U.S. with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed.
One common type of flatfoot is adult-acquired flatfoot. It is caused by overstretching the tendon that supports the arch. Flexible flatfoot is also common and occurs when the foot is flat when standing, but returns to a normal arch in non-weight-bearing positions.
Factors than increase your risk of flat feet include:
- Excess weight
- Injury to your foot or ankle
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
When to See Your Everett Podiatrist
Most adults with a fallen arch experience little to no pain. For these patients, treatment is rarely necessary. A painful flatfoot, however, may be the sign of a congenital abnormality or an injury to the muscles and tendons of the foot. Pain can be severe, making it difficult to walk, wear shoes and perform simple every day tasks. More than achy feet, flatfoot can also lead to other, more serious problems and pain for your ankles, knees, back and hips.
Common symptoms associated with flat feet include:
- Swelling along the inside of the ankle
- Feet that tire easily or ache after standing for an extended period of time
- A lack of mobility in your foot and difficulty standing on your toes
- Sore, swollen feet; especially in the heel or arch of your foot
Steps Away from Flatfoot Pain Relief
If you are experiencing pain caused by flatfoot, visit Ankle & Foot Clinic of Everett for an evaluation. We can identify the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatments for your type of arch.
Talk with your podiatrist about the following treatment options:
- Shoe inserts/ Orthotics
- Shoe modifications
- Rest and ice
- Stretching exercises
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Whether you were born with flat feet or you acquired fallen arches over time, if your flat feet are causing you pain or interfering with your day to day activities, visit Ankle & Foot Clinic of Everett. We can work with you to determine the best treatment options to eliminate the pain, improve your mobility and get you back to the activities you love.