Flat feet or in medical terms pes planus, is a condition of the foot where your medial longitudinal arch collapse. A true flat foot is when the arch comes into complete contact with ground and you are unable able to see any kind of arch in the foot when walking. Between 20% – 30% of the population never develop an arch in their feet.
If you do have flat feet there is no evidence to show that you are at a higher risk of developing an acute injury than a person without flat feet but flat feet can put you at a higher risk of developing chronic overuse injuries of the lower limb such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonopathy. Flat feet in children is quite normal up until the age of 4 -6 years of age. At this time the arch in the foot should start to take shape. The arch becomes fully developed by the age of about 15-16 years.
There are many treatments for flat feet. At MRA Podiatry we offer foot orthotics which can help realign flexible flat feet and help resolve any pain that you may be having. Strengthening and stretching exercises are also very helpful with people with flat feet as this can help relieve any painful tendons and ligament that have been caused by a flat foot deformity. Flat feet can also be treated using things like: sports tape and strapping, manipulation and mobilisation and special braces and splints.
Treatments for flat feet include:
- Strengthening and stretching programs
If you have or think you have flat feet please call for an appointment or book online.