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Flat Feet Treatment
People with flat feet, fallen arches, have either no arch in their feet or one that is very low. There is usually a gap beneath the inner part of the foot when a person stands, as the arch raises off the ground slightly.
Flat feet only need treatment if they cause discomfort such as pain, difficulty weight bearing, standing, walking or playing sports.
Pain or other symptoms indicate an underlying disorder, or lead to pain elsewhere in the body such as your knees or lower back. Some people appear to have a very low arch or no arch without ever experiencing problems.
When flat feet do cause symptoms, simple devices such as orthotics and exercises can help to reduce the discomfort and pain.
Flat Feet: Common Symptoms
The most common symptom of flat feet is pain over:
- Pain over arch of the foot
- Pain around heel region of foot
- Calf pain
- Knee pain
- Hip pain
- Lower back and legs
- One or both feet may also feel stiff
What causes flat feet?
Common causes of flat feet include:
- Being over weight or obese: causes increased pressure on feet
- LIfestyle: Prolonged hours in standing or walking
- Sports: Muscle imbalance or joint stiffness causing increased pressure on foot
- Genetic factors: You were born with it
- Weak arches: Due to factors mentioned above or muscle weakness
- Past history of foot or ankle injury
- Trauma: Work injury or motor vehicle accident
- Can also develop with age
Flat Feet in Children
Orthotics to treat flat feet
Children and infants may often appear to have flat feet. This is because the arch is still forming. In time, the arch should develop normally as the child grows and spends more time in weight bearing: standing and walking.
Having feet that appear flat during early childhood does not mean that a person will always have flat feet. If a child has flat feet as a result of incorrect bone development or another condition, such as spina bifida, a child specialist should be consulted for guidance.
When should you consult a Physiotherapist?
Anyone with the following symptoms should see a Physiotherapist
- Pain in the feet, ankles, or lower limbs
- Flat feet that have only developed recently
- Rigid, stiff or heavy feet
- Symptoms that do not improve with supportive, well-fitted shoes