Fallen arches represent a condition that happens when the entire bottom of the foot contacts the ground when a person is standing. An ordinary foot presents an arch between the ball of the foot and the heel. Fallen arches are an acquired condition, but flat feet may be present from childhood, in the case where the arch never developed in the first place.
Fallen arches do not represent a form of concern in most cases, although fallen arches should always be checked by a doctor or podiatrist. In the case where fallen arches develop during adulthood leading to a flat and rigid foot, it tends to be more serious than flat feet present from childhood, and the feet and muscles and tendons in the lower legs can be more prone to premature foot fatigue, and may in some cases result in serious health problems.
If you cannot distinguish rigid fallen arches from the flexible variety, there is a test that is simple to perform: while standing on the toes, observe if the arch appears by looking in a mirror. If there is a slight arch, then you’re probably got nothing to worry about.
Even some Olympic runners have fallen arches. But if your foot stays flat on the bottom, then you have rigid fallen arches. The first thing to do is to consult a podiatrist. Foot pain can be one of the symptoms that can assure you that you have this condition and that it needs to be corrected.
There are numerous causes of fallen arches, such as arthritis, foot injuries, fused bones in the foot, too much stress on the feet, or even extra bone growth. Pain in the feet is not the only symptom of fallen arches. There can also be pain in the knees, back and legs and some loss of mobility.
The most common treatment method for fallen arches is the use of orthotics, which are devices that are placed inside footwear to support the feet. However, severe cases of fallen arches demand some more advanced treatment techniques. You can also do some workouts to strengthen the tendons and muscles in the feet. This will not cure fallen arches, but it will help to prevent any further foot problems from being an issue.
It can also help to prevent foot fatigue, and the pain from fallen arches. The best technique for the permanent correction of fallen arches is foot surgery, since this is the only way that the arches can be properly corrected. Surgery has lasting results; however it is quite expensive and may not be effective in all cases.
The difference between fallen arches and flat feet is that arches have never been present in people with flat feet; the soles of their feet resting firmly on the ground, while those with fallen arches may have feet that appear normal when laying down or sitting. However, when they stand up, the arch collapses, as the foot bears the weight of the body.
Patients who have fallen arches are prone to overpronate, as their ankles roll inwards to an unusual extent when walking or running, leading to amplified occurrences of soft medial and knee injuries. Athletes who suffer from injuries caused by fallen arches may be able to get help with motion control footwear or stability athletic shoes.
People who suffer from flat feet are also prone to develop the injuries mentioned above. However, adults with flat feet have less chances than children to recover their arches, giving the fact that the tissues and muscles have stopped developing. There is no physical therapy or exercise regimen that can re generate the arch once it has fallen.