Arch is the inner portion of the foot. In some people, low or no arch is noticed in the foot. This condition is known as flat foot. The foot of such people seems to be point outside. While walking or standing, the foot usually rolls to the inner side. Flat foot is also known as fallen arches or pes planus. Pain and other discomforts commonly do not occur in flat foot.
Generally, flat foot is commonly seen in toddlers or infants. Following causes are likely responsible for flat foot:
Symptoms basically depend upon the severity of the diseased condition. The commonly seen symptoms are:
The doctor will do a complete examination of body to diagnose flat foot. The various tests such as X-ray, MRI, etc are done to examine the bones and tendons of the foot. The past medical report of the patient is also analyzed. Depending upon these conditions, the actual treatment procedure is established. Both non-surgical and surgical procedures exists.
Post-surgery, the patient is recommended to wear braces. It helps to protect the operated part from any further injuries. Regular use of ice packs on the affected area at least 2-3 times a day is beneficial. Exercises to improve functionality and mobility of foot is also essential.
Possible complications after surgery of flat foot includes:.