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Flat feet

Also referred to as: “Collapsed Arches”, “Over pronation” “Fallen Arches”

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What are flat feet?

Fallen arches, flat feet and collapsed arches are commonly used terms along with over pronation. They are expressions that are often used to describe people’s feet when the inside area of the sole, often called the arch or medial arch, appears lower in height than what may be considered “normal”. This is a misleading term because technically these aren’t physical arches in your feet, and also what is considered as “normal” can vary hugely from person to person. These terms are often used though in medical and non medical literature alike.

You may have naturally looking “flat feet” due to your genetics and this may cause you no problems at all. Some foot conditions such as PTTD, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis and Bunions are often associated with flat feet/over pronation/ arch problems.

Pain and problems are not necessarily caused by the shape of the feet, they are thought to be more closely linked with the forces and stresses going through the bones, joints and soft tissues.

What can I do for myself?

If you are getting pains and think you have “flat feet/ fallen arches/ collapsed arches” you may consider trying some different footwear that is more supportive, perhaps with thicker or more shock absorbing soles. You may also have looked into over the counter insoles, arch supports or orthoses.

We generally advise that it is best to get assessed by a Podiatrist because foot mechanics is far more complicated than terms like “flat feet” suggest.

What can a Podiatrist do?

If you are getting pain, it is advisable to get an assessment. A Podiatrist will focus on your biomechanics, observing your foot shape and function, and will explain your foot shape to you and if it is related to possible pain or symptoms you have.

Podiatrists may advise on Footwear, exercises and offer possible foot orthoses that may help with pains or problems associated with your foot mechanics.

We will aim to write a blog post soon with more details on pronation and supination which are two other commonly used terms.

If you book an appointment, it is wise to take the footwear you usually wear, so the Podiatrist has a good idea and is able to help and advise.

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Flat feet
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