Q Why do my feet appear flatter as the years go by?
Over time, your feet may appear flatter due to the natural progression and biomechanics of your foot. When your foot hits the ground heel first, the foot elongates and flattens, which allows the foot to roll inward in normal gait. Some factors such as weight gain will put extra pressure on the longitudinal arch of the foot, which runs on the inside of the foot from the inner heel to the balls of the foot, causing the arch to flatten. Age, hormonal changes, or injury can also affect the tendons and ligaments of the feet. This is especially true for the posterior tibial tendon, which aids in holding up the arch of the foot. Over time, this tendon stretches out and is unable to perform it's function as efficiently, again causing flattening of the feet. Whatever your ailment, give us a call at Prairie Path Foot and Ankle and we can evaluate and assess your foot problems and come up with a solution.