Flat feet (also known as pes planus, flatfoot, fallen arches, collapsed arches to name a few) is a term used to describe when the arch of the foot is reduced or completely flat. What a lot of people don’t realise is that it is usually NOT a medical condition.

Flatfoot is usually congenital (you are born with it) and in many cases causes no problems.

Types of flatfoot

  • Painless Flexible Flatfoot – usually does not require treatment
  • Painful Flexible Flatfoot – requires treatment
  • Nonflexible (rigid) Flatfoot – due to a congenital medical condition, requires treatment
  • Acquired Flatfoot – due to a medical condition that develops during adulthood – requires treatment

What can be done?

  • Footwear shoes that are supportive through the heel and mid-foot can help
  • Stimulating insoles we can measure and fit Posture Control Insoles that help stimulate and strengthen the arch muscles of the foot and improve whole body posture.
  • Treatment Osteopathic treatment  can help reduce muscle tension, improve joint motion and restore correct biomechanics.
  • Exercises  we can prescribe exercises that help improve the specific causes of your pain.