The purpose of the arch is to provide a stretchy connection between the forefoot and the hindfoot. This connection causes the pressure of weight bearing on the foot to be dissipated before sending force up to bones and joints of the leg. A foot that only flattens when standing is a soft or suppler flat foot. A rigid flat foot remains in place even when the patient is off their feet.
For some people, flat feet are not a major problem and cause no symptoms. But for others, especially those with a rigid flat foot, some intervention may be helpful to maintain physical balance and foot health. If you have problems with fallen arches or flat feet, call our Chicago podiatrists at 773-375-7106 or 708-422-4300 today to make an appointment