The general term ” flat foot ” simply describes a lowering of the inner arch of the foot.

Flat foot can be a result of a number of different reasons.
– Congenital Biomechanical flat foot
– Acquired Biomechanical flat foot
– Paralytic flat foot
– Arthritic flat foot
– Spastic flat foot
– Traumatic flat foot

When treating flat feet it is not just a case of propping up the lowered arch with an Orthotic, one has to determine each clinical feature associated with that form of flat foot and determine the the underlying primary mechanical issue that has caused the fault.
Orthotic management is just one treatment type that forms part of the complete arsenal in helping to stabilise this foot condition that occurs in both adults and children, which can cause a structural effect on all joints above the ankle.

Please note that not everyone who has flat feet will experience pain or require treatment, but increased activity placing more strain on the foot and ankle can lead to symptoms.
Early detection of this foot condition and subsequent treatment is vital to reducing further deformation of skeletal structures; therefore ensure that children are routinely checked until they reach full skeletal maturity.

flat vs normal feet

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