Flat Foot (Pes Planus)
Having flat feet, or a low arch, can lead to several painful symptoms. The most common disorders that go along with flat feet are plantar fasciitis, hallux valgus (“bunions”), and lesser-ray transfer metatarsalgia (forefoot overload). Pes Planus is one of the compensations that our bodies make in response to the imbalances brought on by a tight calf muscle. In some patients, the symptoms related to their low arches can be relieved after physical therapy specially designed to stretch their tight calf muscles.
More information about flat feet from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society