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Flat feet (also known as fallen arch, flatfoot or pes planus) is a condition where the feet have very low or non-existent arches. This causes the bottom of the entire foot to contact the ground. Up to 30% of the population has flat feet.
There are two main types of flatfoot:
Flatfoot disrupts the foot’s biomechanics by impeding the arch’s ability to properly support our body weight and absorb the force of our movement. The load is then displaced onto the toes, ankles, knees, hips and lower back. As a result, pain can develop in these areas, as well as the feet.
In addition to causing pain and discomfort, flat feet can make you more susceptible to certain foot conditions, such as:
Flat feet (also sometimes referred to as “flatfoot” and “fallen arches”) can negatively affect your foot mechanics. This can cause the following symptoms:
Flat feet can also be asymptomatic; however the biomechanical impact will still be felt by other parts of your body, even if you don’t notice any pain. These issues may get worse with age.
Flat feet are very common in children and usually goes away on its own as part of the natural growth process. Typically, the arches of the feet develop throughout childhood after the age of three.
In adults, the foot may start out with a normal arch, but then collapses or fall due to various factors.
Flexible flatfoot in adults is hereditary and associated with hyperflexible joints and ligaments throughout the body – not just the feet.
Rigid flatfoot in adults can be either congenital (something hereditary that you’re born with) or acquired (Acquired Adult Flatfoot). It is caused by major structural abnormalities in the bones and ligaments of the foot’s arch.
The following can cause or contribute to the development of flatfoot in adults:
Treatment for pain and complications resulting from flat feet may include:
The foot specialists at our foot clinic can make footwear recommendations and set up a treatment plan that works best for you. Our knowledgeable staff can also help you find over-the-counter footwear solutions catered to your flat feet.
To schedule a foot assessment appointment and treatment with our licensed Chiropodists (foot specialists), use the booking form below or call 416-769-FEET(3338).
Certain risk factors may increase your chances of getting flat feet:
Although prevention is difficult, routine foot and lower limb stretches can help to strengthen muscles and reduce the risk of damage. These include:
Check out these videos and infographics for illustrations and demonstrations of how you can reduce or prevent the effects of flatfoot.
Our simple to use, online booking process makes it easy to book an appointment with a chiropodist for any of our services. No referral needed!
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