Fallen Arches: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Watch a friend’s Feet as they stand up. Their Foot’s Arch will often drop from a Slack Position to an even Less-Arched Position while standing. Most people have a Space between their Foot and the floor while standing, but not everyone. If your entire Foot Presses against the ground while standing, then you have something referred to as “Flatfoot” or Fallen Arches (Pes Planus). Although it is a common Foot Condition, Flat Feet may or may not manifest Symptoms such as Pain. In fact, a great number of people with Flat Feet go through life without any Severe Issues. However, there are some specific Complications that can arise as a result of Flattened Feet or Fallen Arches.

Medical Concerns

Having Flat Feet remains fairly Harmless for a significant number of people. However, for those who do experience Pain, other more Severe Conditions can result. These could include:
  • Bunions.
  • Hammertoes.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Metatarsal Stress Fracture.
Among these Conditions, Painful Corns and Calluses can also arise. Despite what you might think, Foot Pain is NOT normal. If you have Consistent Foot Discomfort, consider how your Activities, Lifestyle and Footwear may contribute. Most people end up seeking Professional help for Flat Feet because of Secondary Pain caused by their Condition.

Symptoms of Fallen Arches:

  • Achy, Tired or Swollen Feet.
  • Joint / Body Pain:
      • Low Back.
      • Knees.
      • Hips.
      • Shoulders.
      • Neck.
  • Awkward or Painful Gait.
  • Shin Splints when Paired with a Sudden Surge in Activity.
  • Ankle Joint Pain.
  • Arch or Midfoot Pain.
Those with Fallen Arches may or may not experience any and all of these Symptoms. Your Feet are Vital to your Overall Function and Comfort. Because of this, Foot Problems often result in Secondary Pain throughout the Body. When your Feet aren’t Properly Aligned with your Body or are Struggling to Support your Weight, the Effects inevitably Spread. Keep in mind that many of these Symptoms Signify Fallen Arches as well as many other Common Foot Conditions. If you are experiencing Consistent Foot Pain or any of the above Symptoms, consult our Podiatry professionals as soon as possible.

Causes Behind Fallen Arches

You may be wondering what Causes Flat Feet or Fallen Arches. It’s a good question, especially since there are so many different ways people end up with this Condition.
Below is a basic list of Factors that Directly Contribute to Fallen Arches:
  • Genetic Predisposition: Many experts say that this trait can be passed on through Family Genetics.
  • Weak Arches and Excessive Pronation: Depending on your Gait, your Feet may just be more Prone to Tendon Degeneration and eventual Fallen Arches.
  • Injury: Sudden and Intense Physical Regimens can result in Harming your Arches. Other Injuries can also contribute to Flattening Arches.
  • Arthritis and other Neuro-Muscular Diseases: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Spina Bifida are all conditions that can contribute to Flattened Feet.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women have many Hormones present in their Body that Loosen Ligaments and Tissue. With their Rotated Center of Gravity and the Added Weight Gain, Arches can Weaken and Flatten. Some women even Gain a Shoe Size during and after their Pregnancy.
  • Tarsal Coalition: This is a Less Common Condition that’s often Diagnosed During Childhood. It happens when Bones of the Feet Fuse together in an usual way. Results create a Stiff or Flat Foot Early in Life.
  • Age: As your Feet Experience Normal Wear over the years, your Arches may Collapse or Lower over time. This is called Adult-Acquired Flat Foot. Keep in mind that Pregnancy and Arthritis don’t always Result in Flat Feet. These are just some Common Conditions and Factors that show Correlation to the development of Fallen Arches.

Available Treatments

Fallen Arches are not curable or completely Correctable. We can offer a Variety of Pain Alleviating options. Early Detection is also Key, since this will Prevent Advanced Issues and Premature Joint Degeneration. It’s important to Pay Attention to your Feet and how they feel. Consult with our Podiatry Professionals with any questions. If you can see your Arches falling and want to know some basic ways to Combat Resulting Pain, consult our Foot Specialists.
Here are some basic ways you can help Treat your Fallen Arch Pain:
  • Invest in Custom-Made Foot Orthotics: This doesn’t mean going and buying the first pair of Insoles you spy on the shelf. Notice the word Custom-Made. You need Arch Supports that are made to a Non-Weight-Bearing Plaster Mold or Laser Scan of Your Feet. Custom-Made Foot Orthotics cost more than the generic store bought Insoles, but are well worth the Investment. Most Custom-Made Foot Orthotics offer shock Absorption to Prevent further Joint Pain. It is recommended to wear your Orthotics with Supportive Shoes.
  • Control Your Body Weight: If your Body isn’t too heavy for your Feet to Carry, you can help Prevent many Painful Issues. Use Diet and Exercise to regulate your Body Weight and Spare your Feet the extra work. Keeping an active lifestyle can also save your Feet because it Promotes Stronger Supporting Leg Muscles. Don’t overdo it, though. Start slow and work up to more active Regimens. This will Prevent Injury and allow your Body Time to Adjust.
Pay attention to your Feet. If you are experiencing discomfort in Toronto, North York, Richmond Hill or Etobicoke, please contact The Foot Clinic in Toronto, Ontario today to book your appointment. (416) 638-FEET (3338)