Flat feet, also known as fallen arches or pes planus, is a condition in which the foot is not arched, causing the entire sole to come into contact with the floor when standing. When the arch is fully collapsed or rolls inward, you have flat feet, meaning you are missing crucial arch support. Flat feet can be present at birth or develop later on. In some cases, flat feet is a hereditary condition.
All too often, flat feet develop as a result of foot abuse, including wearing shoes that do not provide proper arch supports, standing or walking for long periods of time in high heels, or placing heavy strain place on the feet. Flat feet may also result as part of the aging process.
People with flat fleet must shift pressure while walking to other parts of the foot, which can cause intense pain. If left untreated, flat feet is not only very painful, but can lead to other more serious foot and lower body joint problems.