If the soles of your shoes are wearing down unevenly, or you have pain and swelling along the inside arch of your foot, you could have flat feet or fallen arches.
Michael Zimmerman, DPM, a CHI Health Podiatrist says early detection is key to slowing the progression.
“More than 75-80 percent of patients do well with conservative management,” Dr. Zimmerman said.
Flat feet or fallen arches typically happen in a person’s 40s or 50s when the tendon that helps hold up the foot stops working.
“This can change the way your joints are aligned and put more stress on your tendons and ligaments and cause arthritis to develop,” Dr. Zimmerman said.
In severe cases, surgical intervention can re-establish the arch or fuse the bones.