WHAT IS IT? FLAT FOOT

Flat foot (also called pes planus or fallen arches) is a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, with the entire sole of the foot coming into complete or near-complete contact with the ground. An estimated 20–30% of the general population have an arch that simply never develops in one or both feet.

Signs & Symptoms

What Causes It?

How to Self Manage

  • Wear footwear or shoe inserts that are appropriate to your activity.

  • R.I.C.E

  • Ask your physiotherapist to show you stretches that can prepare you for feet-intensive activities.

  • Limit or treat risk factors that can make fallen arches or flat feet worse, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

  • Avoid activities that put excessive stress on your feet, such as running on roads.

  • Avoid high-impact sports such as football or tennis.

Prognosis

How Physio Helps

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