In case of adults, when one stands on two feet with body weight supported evenly on them, there is an arch created just in the middle of the foot. However, the depth of space under the arch can be variable. On the other hand, in case of young children their feet might often look a little flat with little or no space between the foot and the floor. This is usually normal as the arch tends to develop in their feet by 9 or 10 years of age. Here is everything you need to know about swollen feet.
Tendons in the heels and bones in the feet while working in sync with your lower legs form this so-called arch in your feet. If the tendons pull the bones adequately, then the arch is formed, else the feet are flat with little or no arch at all. This is called the flat feet syndrome, explains Dr Pradeep Moonot, orthopaedic surgeon specialising in knee, foot and ankle surgery, Mumbai.