A significant portion of the population has fallen arches or “flat feet.” In the milder forms, flat feet are rarely a problem. However, in more severe cases, joint and tendon pain can be quite common. Ligaments are the structures which hold joints in the correct position. When the ligaments are too “stretchy,” the joints of the arch can collapse and the arch appears to flat. Over time, this leads to premature development of arthritis, along with overuse injuries to the surrounding tendons.
When symptoms of joint pain, muscle fatigue in the leg, or tendon pain in the ankle occur, you should seek professional help from a podiatrist. The podiatrist will obtain x-rays, determine the severity and cause of the problem, and initiate a treatment program to relieve the discomfort and delay the progression of the abnormality.