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 Flatfoot

What Is Flatfoot?  Flatfoot entails partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch

Flatfoot is  a disorder, with multiple symptoms and varying degrees of deformity and disability. There are few types of flatfoot that  have one characteristic in common: partial or total collapse (loss) of the arch in the foot. Other sign of flatfoot are  toes deviation from the central line. The heel tilts toward the outside and the ankle appears to turn in. This is very easily noted on a worn pair of shoes where the shoe wears more on the lateral side of the heel. A tight Achilles tendon, which causes the heel to lift off the ground earlier when walking is often associated with flatfoot deformity  and may make the problem worse. Hammertoe  and  bunions  may develop as a result of a flatfoot. In time, other joints will compensate to correct for the deformity, resulting in gradual wear and tear of the ankle join, knee, hip and lower back. The more collapse the arch in the foot is, the more damage could be expected in the skeletal structure. A parent should observe his child way of walking -and the pattern of wear of shoes- and bring the child to a specialist such as a podiatrist by the time the child is 2 or 3 years old. Treated early, while the bones in the feet are not ossified, greatly increases the positive outcome. For more information, please go to www.stepalign.com