Have you noticed that your or your child’s feet are flat?
Or have you been told the same thing by a shoe sales assistant?
Flat feet are often an indication that the foot’s architecture and hence function are not correct.
Just as engineers construct bridges and buildings with arch structures incorporated in the design to support weight, your feet have anatomical arches to perform the same task, seeing as your entire body weight rests and is supported by your feet.
When your arches are collapsed, your foot becomes flat and unable to perform its task efficiently. The bone, tendon and ligament structures that compose this natural arch fatigue and you can subsequently get pain and discomfort in your feet. These symptoms can also be experienced in the ankles, legs, knees, hips and lower back as they are all structures that lie above the foundation being your feet.
Treatment for this problem often involves a comprehensive assessment of your individual biomechanical structure and function. There are a range of modalities that may be used to assist in the process, for example, a computerised gait analysis system.
At Junction Podiatry, we can help tailor a treatment plan specific to your problem and activity needs. This may involve the use of customized foot othrotics, appropriate footwear advice and exercises.
For more detailed information, see our Acrobat pdf Information sheets on Flat Feet and Accessory Navicular which are available on our website.
Please remember that the information in these documents should not be used as a substitute for podiatric or medical attention.