Flat feet, also known as fallen arches or pes planus, is a common foot condition where the arches of the feet collapse and touch the ground. At The Foot Clinic, we understand that flat feet can cause discomfort and affect your daily life. That’s why we offer effective treatments and education to help you manage your flat feet.
What are flat feet?
Flat feet occur when the arches of the feet collapse and touch the ground. This can cause the feet to roll inwards, which can result in pain, discomfort, and an altered gait.
What causes flat feet?
Flat feet can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Genetics: Some people are born with flat feet or have a family history of the condition.
Foot injuries: Injuries to the foot, such as sprains or fractures, can cause the arches to collapse.
Arthritis: Arthritis can cause the joints and bones in the feet to weaken, which can lead to flat feet.
Pregnancy: The weight gain and hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause the arches to collapse.
How are flat feet treated?
At The Foot Clinic, we offer a range of treatments for flat feet, including:
Custom orthotics: We can create custom orthotics that provide support for the arches and help redistribute pressure on the foot.
Footwear modifications: We can recommend footwear modifications, such as wearing shoes with a supportive arch, to help reduce pain and discomfort.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help strengthen the muscles in the foot and improve gait.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to reconstruct the arch and provide support.
Preventing flat feet
While not all cases of flat feet can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing the condition, including:
Maintaining a healthy weight: Excess weight can put additional strain on the feet and increase the likelihood of flat feet.
Wearing properly fitted shoes: Choose shoes with a supportive arch and avoid shoes that are too tight or narrow.
Stretching: Regular stretching exercises can help improve flexibility in the feet and prevent the arches from collapsing.