Flat Feet

Description
Flat foot (or fallen arch) is a common condition whereby the arch of the foot is lower to the ground than considered normal. It is the opposite of a high arch. A flat foot will pronate or roll in at the ankle and midfoot.

Causes

  • An abnormality that is present from birth
  • Stretched or torn tendons
  • Tendon damage or inflammation.
  • Some health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nerve problems
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Aging
  • Pregnancy

Symptoms

Approximately 30 percent of the population have flat feet and many of these people won’t experience any issues. However, others may experience the following symptoms:

  • Feet become tired easily
  • Painful or achy feet, especially in the areas of the arches and heels
  • Foot movement, such as standing on your toes, is difficult
  • Back, knee or leg pain

Treatment

At Ned Buckley Podiatry, we offer the following treatments for flat feet:

  • Diagnosis by conducting a gait analysis and biomechanical assessment.
  • Determining the cause of your flat feet.
  • Footwear advice
  • Prescription of custom orthotics where appropriate.
  • Management plan