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Pes Planus (Flat Foot)

What is it?

Also called ‘fallen arches’ or ‘over pronation’, flat-footedness is a condition in which the foot’s arch collapses so that the entire sole comes into near-complete (sometimes complete) contact with the ground. Flat feet are linked to overpronations, when the ankle bones lean inwards – abnormally – to the center line. When an individual walks, pressure shifts to other parts of the foot and causes pain. Due to the fact that the foot often pronates in flat feet, the body can become misaligned and other joints can be affected. Flat feet can also produce conditions known as heel spurs and/or plantar fasciitis.

Causes:

  • foot pathologies causing excessive pronation
  • fallen arches
  • injuries/overuse
  • hypermobile joints

How can we help?

  • Educate patients regarding footwear fit, function and support
  • Fabricate custom made orthotics to support and re-align the foot
  • Further investigation by out Podiatrist.