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.
Patients with flat feet may experience arch pain, shin splints, knee pain, hip pain, and lower back pain.
By carrying out a Biomechanical Gait Analysis Assessment, your podiatrist may recommend stretching and/or orthotics, as well as provide you with footwear advice.