In order to avoid these conditions it is recommended that the feet be inspected by the patient on a regular basis. If these inspections are carried out routinely, there is a good likelihood that problems can be identified before they become severe, or can even be avoided altogether. If any abnormality is discovered, it is important that the individual consult a doctor for diagnosis and information on treatment options. Most cases of “fallen arches” develop when the main arch-supporting tendon (the posterior tibial tendon) becomes weakened or injured, causing the arch to gradually become lower. With time, the shape of the foot changes and secondary symptoms start to appear. If your child has cavus foot, you will notice that her arch, the curved area on the underside of her foot, is higher than normal. Because walking is harder with a high arch, your child might also experience some related symptoms, such as bent or clawed toes or calluses on the feet. The high position of the arch puts too much pressure on the foot, which can cause pain when your child walks or stands. The high arch also makes the foot unstable. Frequent ankle sprains might occur due to this instability. Finding comfortable shoes can be a challenge. Causes. High heels are very prolific causes of backache. The natural foot is constructed to walk best in a horizontal position, with the heel no higher than the sole of the foot. The muscles are designed to support the body best in this position. When heels of two or more inches in height are worn it is necessary for the muscles of the back to be unnaturally tensed in order to support the trunk in the erect position; also the pelvic bones must tip in an unnatural position, placing stress upon certain muscles and ligaments, and pains or aches will result in some degree. Now I’m not advocating that we give up shoes altogether. I simply think it is well worth our while to give our feet a chance to go barefoot on a regular basis. Walking or running barefoot on the beach is extraordinarily good for the health of your arches It is often prescribed by podiatrists who are treating patients with flat feet or cavus foot. Here is a brief explanation of how a fallen arch affects the body. It is also a great example of how dysfunction in one joint or muscular system can make a significant change in structures both above and below it. Everything is connected. Most children outgrow fallen arches during childhood, but about 20 percent may be permanently flatfooted, according to Seattle Children's Hospital. Even if your child is flatfooted as an adult, there is a good chance he will not have any bothersome symptoms. Surgery can help reduce symptoms in some children with rare forms of rigid flatfoot. Obtain footwear with adequate arch support. Tennis shoes and cross trainers are especially good for relieving pain and discomfort associated with fallen arches. You should also make modifications to those shoes which do not provide such support but which you must wear for work or other reasons.