Having flat feet, or 'fallen arches', means that your feet have low or no arches and press almost completely flat against theground .

The arch, or instep, is the middle part of the foot that's usually raised off the ground when you stand, while the rest of the foot remainsflat on the ground.

In young children, this arch isn't alwaysvisible because of the baby fat and soft tissue in their feet.Itusually develops and appears as they get older.

However, some people never really develop this arch. Sometimes, this is because theyinherited flat feet from their parents.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 28 Nov 2016