The medical term of flat foot is actually "pes planus", but it's also called as fallen arches of the foot. It refers to a postural deformity where your foot seems to flatten because of the collapse of the arch of the foot.
Flat feet can be caused either be from birth (congenital) or may develop over time, and there are a few factors that can/will contribute to the development/aggravation of this condition:
Most of the time, flat feet happen because either due to weakened or injured posterior tibial tendon though there may be other problems that can develop secondary to this condition. It also may lead to increased risks of developing foot, knee and hip related problems.
Flat feet is really often a purely physical, biomechanical and structural condition that will affect, influence and change the way you walk, stand, run, jump.
For many of our patients, being flat footed also will lead to:
It can trigger a chain-effect situation, and that's why getting accurately assessed and diagnosed is important - we need to understand the biomechanics of your gait, standing and movements and how it may influence alignments in your knees, hips, ankle, feet etc.
Also, patients who has fallen arches usually also experience other conditions that can develop secondary such as:
After assessing your feet, standing, walking and running patterns, our senior physiotherapist will create a customized program for you to/that aims to:
Custom orthotics are specially prescribed designed insoles, which are made customized to you based on your foot specifications and needs. Our podiatrist does this by taking a digital scan of the foot standing still and while walking so that your prescription is made to your exact specifications. The insole then correctly aligns your foot and as a result your body. This will relieve abnormal strain of tissues and structures which can cause pain.
Our specialist senior physiotherapists and podiatrists work closely together and perform detailed investigations to determine how you move (kinematics), and identify the causes of body movement (kinetics) to enhance our understanding of issues concerning health and exercise.
They will take a lower limb mechanical assessment of you, provide a complete diagnostic analysis of foot and lower limb function; allowing treatment or orthotics to be prescribed accurately. They have carefully selected and has extensive experience working in this area so you are in safe hands.