Flat feet can occur during childhood if the arches of the feet don't develop, after an injury, or from the wear and tear of aging.
Most people have no symptoms associated with flat feet. But some people with flat feet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area.
For painful flat feet, treatments include arch supports for the shoes, stretching, or a structurally supportive shoe.
- pes planus
- fallen arches
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 3 million US cases per year
Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong