Flatfeet, or fallen arches, affect up to 50% of people and can cause various painful conditions. Excessive pronation leads to a widened foot, dropped arch, and strain on supporting structures.
- Affects children and adults
- Can cause heel pain, tendinitis, arthritis, and walking/standing difficulties
- Children with hyperpronation may develop chronic pain or biomechanical imbalances
- Treatment options: orthotics, anti-inflammatory medication, proper footwear, and physical therapy
- Adult-acquired flatfoot often results from posterior tibial tendon breakdown, causing faulty lower extremity mechanics