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What causes flat feet and fallen arches?

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Flat feet in adults can arise from a variety of causes. The most common include:

Other things that can increase your risk include:

  • An abnormality that's present from birth
  • Stretched or torn tendons
  • Damage or inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon (PTT), which connects from your lower leg, along your ankle, to the middle of the arch
  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Some health conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nerve problems
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy

From: What Are Fallen Arches? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult (Acquired) Flatfoot;" "Flexible Flatfoot in Children; "Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction;" and "Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle."

eMedcine: "Acquired Flatfoot."

Snyder, K. : "Flat Feet." Medscape/Applied Radiology Online

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Adult (Acquired) Flatfoot;" "Flexible Flatfoot in Children; "Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction;" and "Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle."

eMedcine: "Acquired Flatfoot."

Snyder, K. : "Flat Feet." Medscape/Applied Radiology Online

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 05, 2018

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