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Flat Feet & Arch Pain

Flat Feet & Arch Pain

Overview

Flat feet is the term given, when there is no visible arch seen in the foot when you stand. Therefore, when standing, the whole foot (ball, arch and heel) will be in complete or near-complete contact with the ground. This is also referred to as a dropped or fallen arch. Having an arch is important for pressure distribution.

Symptoms

Patients with flat feet may experience arch pain, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, and lower back pain.

Treatments

Due to the feet being a complex part of your body, they can not be, and should not be, looked at in isolation. Your feet are placed at the bottom of the skeleton tree. Therefore, any problems within the the lower back, thigh muscles, knee joints, and lower limbs will contribute to your foot pain. Due to this, a condition cannot be solved simply by consultation, and a thorough hands-on assessment is required.

By carrying out a Biomechanical Gait Analysis Assessment, the Podiatrist will consider your foot condition, but also take into account symptoms being experienced further up the skeleton. The assessment will provide an accurate diagnosis, allowing the Podiatrist to prepare a suitable treatment plan, which may include recommended stretches, custom made orthotics, and footwear advice.

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