The problem is, you get off the table and continue to walk around with only one shoe on. Remember I am using the analogy of walking around with only one shoe on because that is like walking around with one of your arches dropping, your knees then dropping and turning in and that then results in you hip dropping. Genetics - In most cases, (approximately 20-30% of the population) flat feet is genetic and both feet are affected. Those born with naturally flat feet usually have a malformed joint, or two or more bones may have merged together that caused the feet to become stiff and flat. I am 16 and have badly fallen arches that will probably require surgery soon but for now I would like to get the best shoes possible for my condition. my pediatrist said anything that has lots of support and stability is good. By the way, I have very strong orthotics (custom arch supports) which I always wear. Right now I am in New Balance Motion Control running shoes, new balance dames , just wondering if there is anything even better out there on the market for badly fallen arches and if somebody w/ my condition has suggestions. thanks. Many parents inadvisedly buy corrective shoes for their infants"to correct their flat-footedness." After the child wears these shoes for a yearor more his feet become distorted, and such measures seem to have been justified. Parentswho have fears about their toddler's feet should wait until he begins to walk firmly andwith assurance; only then can real arch defects of the foot be recognized and corrected.Do not make the harmful mistake of treating your infant's or toddler's "fallenarches" when his flat feet are normal to him and should be left alone. Start off every day with a smile and get it over with when you find out you have a bad credit. The foot and lower leg are not the only areas where fallen arches can cause problems. When the arch collapses the rest of the body has to compensate. As a result the other joints become unbalanced and do not function properly. For example, the proper functioning of the knee depends upon the body weight being evenly distributed over the entire joint. When the knee has to compensate for a flattened arch, the outside of the knee is forced to take more of the load than the inside. Although the explanation of the problem can be somewhat complicated the solution to this problem is relatively simple. I had never taken prescription painkillers, even when I was awakened by horrific pain after shoulder surgery two years ago. I figured that was preparation enough for when the feeling came back in my foot. “I’d really prefer not to take the drugs,” I said. I thanked her for her concern and went back to a favorite pastime — criticizing talking heads as I flipped back and forth between Fox and MSNBC. Flatfoot in adults is a complex disorder, with varying symptoms and degrees of severity. Although there are several types of flatfoot, they all have one characteristic in common – partial or total collapse of the arch.