Flat Feet

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet (pes planus) is a condition where the arches of the feet are flattened, allowing the entire sole to touch the floor when standing. It can occur in one or both feet.

What are the signs and symptoms of Flat Feet?

  • The entire sole of the foot touches the ground when standing.
  • Foot pain, particularly in the arch or heel area.
  • Pain that worsens with activity.
  • Swelling along the inside of the ankle.
  • Difficulty performing certain foot movements.

Flat Feet FAQ

Flat feet can be congenital (you’re born with it) or develop over time due to wear and tear, injury, aging, obesity, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis. In children, flat feet may be present as the arch hasn’t developed yet.

For many people, flat feet pose no serious problems. However, they can sometimes lead to pain, discomfort, and issues with foot alignment that affect the knees and hips.

Treatment isn’t always necessary if flat feet aren’t causing pain or mobility issues. When symptoms do occur, treatment options like orthotics, physical therapy, and proper footwear can help.

  • Orthotic devices to support the arch.
  • Stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon and posterior calf muscles.
  • Supportive, well-fitted shoes.
  • Physical therapy for muscle strength and coordination.
  • In severe cases, surgical intervention might be considered.

Consult a healthcare provider if you experience persistent pain, difficulty walking, or if the condition appears to worsen. It’s especially important for diabetics or those with rheumatoid arthritis to seek medical advice for any foot changes.

Untreated flat feet can lead to chronic pain, increased risk of injury, and problems with foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back alignment, potentially affecting mobility and quality of life.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.