Fallen arches, or flat feet, occur when the arch of the foot presses flat against the ground. In young children this is normal, but an arch should develop as they grow older. If an arch fails to develop then you may experience pain in the feet, ankles, hips and lower back, as well as experiencing over-pronation (feet rolling in excessively). You may also find your feet tire faster than usual.
To treat flat feet, use insoles or orthotic shoes with low arch support to gently lift the arch, relieving pain.
Note: If you find the symptoms of your flat feet do not improve, or get worse, seek the advice of a podiatrist or chiropodist.