Flat Feet: Podiatry Treatment
Flat feet, as the name suggests, is the falling of arches making a full or almost full contact with ground when standing.
Flat feet can occur when arches do not fully develop in childhood or from a general overuse that comes with age. The pain is generally felt in the inner arch, heel or ankle.
When looking from the front, the inner ankle seems to be rolling in. When looking from the back, the heels usually point outwards. Flat Feet leads to postural misalignment and being on the feet for long periods of time without proper support can cause tired and achy feet. This can also be accompanied by arch pain, heel pain, ankle pain, knee pain and/or lower back pain.
If you have Flat Feet, a Chiropodist/Podiatrist can help you understand the affects this can have on the other parts of your body, and offer effective treatments as well as preventative measures.
What causes Flat Feet?
Genetics – if you have a family history of flat feet, you are more prone to getting flat feet
Infants who do not naturally develop arches by the age of 4, tend to have flat feet for the rest of their life (Note that most infants are born with flat feet and that is perfectly normal)
Dysfunction of the tendons
Nerve/muscle related disorders – Polio, Cerebral Palsy, Diabetes, etc
Leg length difference – only one foot is seen with lowered arch
Flat Feet Treatment Options
Custom-Made Orthotics- you would require functional orthotics to alter the way your bones sit in your feet. The sooner you start on the therapy, the better it is
Orthopedic Footwear – This will ensure proper arch support
Stretching and Strengthening of the tendons and muscles
Padding and strapping
If you think that you have Flat Feet or you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, please make an appointment with our Chiropodists/Podiatrists for an assessment.