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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

- Flat foot is usually self-diagnosed, and treatment and medication can help, but this condition cannot be cured
- People with the flat foot cannot run or walk too fast too much
- People with the flat foot can develop pain and severe discomfort in the hips, ankles, and knees due to the pressure

What is a flat foot?

What is a flat foot?

A flat foot is a condition in which there is little to no arch in one or both feet. It is difficult for people to walk, jog or do sprint running for a longer duration. Usually, all babies are born with flat feet at birth, and as they grow, this condition becomes self-treatable, but it is also advisable to massage the baby’s foot to help form the correct structure with age because an arch typically forms by the age of 6 years. Though, a flat foot is not a condition of concern for most people other than for those for whom pain becomes unbearable and only treatment can help.

Types of flat feet

Types of flat feet

Flexible 

Rigid

Causes of flat foot

Causes of flat foot

In children, the most common causes of flat foot are:

In adults, the most common causes of flat foot are:

Symptoms of flat foot

Symptoms of flat foot

Most people with flat feet do not feel any discomfort or pain. Some common symptoms for flat foot are:-

Treatment of flat foot

Treatment of flat foot

Though there isn’t any specific sure shot treatment for the flat foot, people with a flat foot only need to take care of their feet by doing the following:

FAQs
FAQs

No, it is permanent in adults.

Yes, flat feet are non-reversible and permanent.

Walking barefoot on hard surfaces can lead to flat feet but consult specialists for better understanding.

You should wear slippers and shoes at home for your own safety. It protects you from getting any bacterial infection by staying barefoot the entire day.