Flat Feet: Causes and Treatment

A third of all people have varying degrees of flat feet, they can be treated by several procedures offered by Health Tourism Lithuania.

Flat Feet


Do your feet have no upward curves? Are they not arched in the middle? When looking at your footprints, do you notice complete imprints? If so, you are likely to be amongst the third of all people who have varying degrees of flat feet.


Flat feet, also called pes planus or fallen arches, is a foot deformity when there is little or no arch in the middle of the foot. The arch is formed by several tendons, tissue chords which are attached to the bones of the foot. When the tendons do not pull together correctly, it results in  flat feet.


Flat feet is especially common among children. In most cases, when a person grows older, the arch develops naturally. The condition in adults, however, can arise from a variety of causes and in most cases requires treatment.


Causes of Flat Feet

Some children are born with flat feet and do not lose it as they grow older. The condition can also arise later in life as a consequence of accident with stretched and torn tendons, damage of the posterior tibial tendon, broken or dislocated bones amongst the most common causes. Health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and nerve problems are also among the potential causes of fallen arches, as is obesity, diabetes, aging, and pregnancy.


Treatment for Flat Feet

Whatever the cause of flat feet, it can be treated by several procedures offered by Health Tourism Lithuania. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual’s needs based on the stage of the condition, and the corrective surgery is performed by highly-qualified doctors. 


If your flat feet cause no pain, treatment is probably not needed. But should you suffer from foot, leg, or back pain, have difficulties with movements such as standing on your toes, or have  inside bottoms of your feet swell up, then we advise you to seek medical advice.


Rest, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices, and shoe modifications may serve as treatment. But if damage to the foot is too severe and spreading, then corrective surgery is the solution. Options include fusing the foot or ankle bones together, removing bones or  growths, changing the shape of the bones, and cleaning the tendons. The addition of protective coverings or bone grafts to make the arch rise naturally are other variants.