Insert photos- flat feet vs. arched feet
Flat feet occur when the arches in the feet don’t develop. The arch, which is mid-foot, is raised off the ground. Flat feet are usually inherited, meaning the arch never develops in childhood. Flat feet are usually painless, but can cause problems in the ankles and knees as people age.
If you have flat feet, you will be able to see the entire outline of the sole of your foot when you step on the sand, or leave a wet footprint on the floor. If you look at the inner edge of your foot in the mirror, you will see that your entire foot is flat on the floor. There is no arch in the middle of your foot that rises from the floor.
If you aren't having pain, there is no need to treat your flat feet. If you do suffer from pain, it can be because flat feet can change the alignment of your legs. That can cause aches and pains in the ankles and knees. We can diagnose whether your flat feet are contributing to those problems and help you treat them.