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Flat Feet


Flat feet (medically known as pes planus) is a presentation where the arches along the inside of the feet significantly flattens, or are even absent when pressure is put on them.

Flat feet can occur as part of the normal development stages during childhood. It can also develop later in life after an injury or from excessive wear-and-tear stresses of activity and age.

Flat feet is usually painless. Contrary to popular belief, if you are not having pain, no treatment or “correction” is necessary. However, if you have pain and your activities are limited, medical evaluation is warranted. Our goal is ensure that you receive comprehensive care to manage your flat feet related pain effectively.

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About Flat Feet

Most individuals experience no symptoms associated with their flat feet. But some individuals with flat feet experience pain in their feet and ankles, particularly in the heel and arch areas. This pain typically worsens with activity and loading on your feet.

When are flat feet problematic that warrants treatment?

  • When you experience pain and impaired function. This applies not just to flat feet, but to all types of feet!
  • People without flat feet initially who develop the condition during adulthood. Due to an injury or years of wear-and-tear, the arch of the feet progressively gets flatter as the tendons and ligaments around the foot and ankle gets damaged and weakened. As the severity increases, arthritis may develop in the foot.
  • Children with pain in their feet and lower limbs with accompanying flat feet

Children’s / Paediatic flat feet

It is normal for children to have flat feet at an early age. This is due to the incomplete bone development, weak ligaments and low muscle tone in the early years. This gradually strengthens and improves over time as the child advances in age. Due to this, almost all children’s feet appear to be flat until they are 3-4 years old. Full development of the feet is achieved around the age of 9-10.

When should I be concerned for my child?

If the answer is yes to any of the questions below, it is worthwhile to schedule an appointment to see us for a thorough assessment:

  • Does your child have pain in the feet, legs or hips?
  • Does your child complain of tired feet and legs that impairs their activities?
  • Does your child trip or fall often while walking?
  • Does your child’s foot shape and structure differ significantly between left and right feet?

How We Help

We can help manage your concerns about flat feet in the following ways:

  • Accurate diagnosis. Most people think they have flat feet when they do not. We will assess you and give you an accurate diagnosis if you indeed have flat feet, and if you should be concerned.
  • No treatment is necessary for flat feet if it does not cause pain.

For painful flat feet, we can help with:

  • Foot orthotics. Foot orthotics help relieve the pain and discomfort caused by flat feet closely contouring the feet. They reduce strain and load in the tissues that are overloaded with flatfeet. We can prescribe general or customised foot orthotics depending on your needs.
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises. Individuals with flat feet may also have a tight and tense calf and Achilles tendon. Exercises to strengthen and stretch these areas can help and we can help guide you through them.
  • Choosing the right shoes. Supportive footwear help provide stability to your foot and ankle, reducing symptoms with flat feet. We can advise you on suitable footwear to suit your individual biomechanics, lifestyle and activity needs.

If there are further underlying conditions that are causing painful flat feet that do not respond to conservative treatment methods, we will assist in directing you for further specialist care.

In the context of paediatric flat feet, we will conduct assessments to determine if the child’s presentation is in line with the normal progression and stages of foot development. Treatment is often only required if the child is complaining of symptoms or when their coordination and balance is impaired.

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