At Wantirna Mall Podiatry we see many feet with all different shapes and sizes, “what are flat feet” is a common question at the Podiatry clinic and can be complicated to answer. Flat feet or Pes Planus is a general term used to describe the lowering of the inner arch of the foot. Flat feet can be developmental or acquired meaning after a period time for various reasons the feet have become flat. The flat feet are structural, the shapes of the foot bones and joints influence the shape of the foot but also functional meaning the ligaments and muscles within the foot are not working well to hold the position of the foot together. The joints maybe able to move too much, hypermobile or not able to move at all, limited. When walking the position of the foot also influences the position of other joints including the knees, hips and back.
When the feet are flat the position of the foot is not ideal for walking and can cause pain and deformity within the foot and other areas. Treatment of flat foot maybe required if the flat position of the foot is new, progressive, painful or associated with another pathology like arthritis. In order to determine the type of flat foot you have, the influence on other areas of the body and what can be done to help our Podiatrists conduct a Biomechanical Assessment. If required, non- surgical treatments are prescribed to help any pain or abnormality including stretching and strengthening exercises, footwear and corrective or accommodative foot orthotics. Please visit us on our website for more information and handy tips.