What Is Flexible Flatfoot?
A Flexible flatfoot is a very common type of foot deformity. It usually occurs in childhood or adolescence and progresses into adulthood. This foot type condition will usually affect both feet and if left untreated the deformity can become progressive during the adult years. As the deformity progresses, it often results soft tissues changes within tendons and ligaments causing them to stretch or tear resulting the collapse and flattening of the arch of the foot upon weight-bearing. However the arch returns when not bearing weight termed "flexible".
Symptoms: Which may occur in some persons with flexible flatfoot, include: Pain in the heel, arch, ankle, or along the outside of the foot as well as fatigue or aching in the foot and leg. The ankle itself will have the appearance of being rolled in. A flexible flatfoot if left untreated also associated with the lower back, hips and knee pain.
Diagnosis: Diagnosis of a flexible flatfoot is done by the podiatric surgeon during the office visit. He or she will do a biomechanical exam and observe the appearance of the foot when sitting, standing, and through a gait analysis. X-rays are also taken of the foot to determine the extent of the condition.