In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about a foot condition that is referred to as flat feet, fallen arches, or overpronation. This is a common problem for many people and most people are unaware that they have this condition. Chances are that the listeners today may be no different. The reason for this is that people seldom look at their feet in the weight-bearing or standing position. You most likely tend to look at your feet when seated, in a non-weight bearing position, when your feet appear to have an arch. As soon as you stand and bear weight on your feet, flat feet or overpronation becomes evident.

What happens when someone has overpronation?
You have overpronation or flat feet when the arches on the inside of your feet are flattened, causing the entire soles of your feet to touch the floor when you stand up. Flat feet, or overpronation, can occur when the arches in the feet don’t develop during childhood. In other cases, flat feet develop after an injury or simply from the wear-and-tear stresses of aging. Many people have no symptoms associated with overpronation, while others will experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area. Pain may worsen with activity or when engaging in sports. Swelling along the inside of the ankle can also occur.

Can overpronation cause other foot problems to develop?
Oh yes, flat feet can cause pain, discomfort, and other foot problems such as… bunions, hammertoes, big toe joint issues, plantar fasciitis, pain in the ball of the foot, and nerve pain such as Morton’s neuroma and tarsal tunnels syndrome for example. Inflammation is also an issue because ligaments are under pressure as a result of the bones being out of line in your foot.

Listen to find out more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.