Fallen Arches / Flat Feet

Fallen arches is a term often used to describe the development of flatfoot during adulthood. Other causes of flatfoot may develop during childhood or the teen years and should not be confused with fallen arches. Most cases of fallen arches develop when the main arch-supporting tendon (posterior tibial tendon) becomes weakened or injured. This causes the arch to gradually lower. With time, the shape of the foot also changes, and secondary symptoms may start to appear. Common problems associated with fallen arches include tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, arthritis of the foot and ankle, and increased fatigue. A pair of custom foot orthotics can provide support and help alleviate the pain associated with flat feet.

“Multiple tendons in the foot and lower leg work together to form the arches in the foot. When tendons all pull the proper amount, the foot forms a moderate, normal arch. When tendons do not pull together properly, the result is little or no arch—also called flatfoot or fallen arch.”