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. Having flat feet is not always a problem. Many people get by all of their lives with flat feet without any negative impact. For some people however, having flat feet can lead to chronic pain in the feet and ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Many people with flat feet tire easily and find it difficult to participate in certain sports and activities.


  • 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


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

Conservative Treatment

Our clinic offers the following treatment options for flat feet:

  • Diagnosis by conducting a gait analysis and biomechanical assessment.
  • Determining the cause of your flat feet.
  • Footwear advice or custom footwear
  • Prescription of custom orthotics
  • Management plan including strengthening of muscles and physical therapy
  • Surgery

Surgical Treatment

In cases where conservative treatment has proven ineffective, Dr Buckley can perform a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to correct flat feet.  

To book an appointment with Dr Ned Buckley regarding your flat feet, please click the button below for an instant online appointment or call our clinic on 9481 8194.