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.
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.