Flat feet or fallen arches are seen as a postural deformity in which the arches of the foot collapse, resulting in the entire sole of the foot coming into contact with the ground.

For most of the population they live with a normal arch. This is a result of the tendons in the foot and the lower leg all working together and applying the right amount of pull. The structure of the foot arch and the biomechanics of the lower leg have a strong functional relationship, with the arch providing the elastic, springy connection which safeguards the bones higher up in the leg when weight is being borne by the foot.

Poor foot posture can be attributed to a wide range of symptoms that include:

  • The feet tire easily and become uncomfortable
  • Feet are painful or achy around the arches and heels
  • The inside bottom of the feet become swollen
  • Foot movement, such as standing on your toes becomes more difficult
  • Back and lower leg pain

Treatments for flat feet and fallen arches will vary according to the severity. Where there is little or no pain then treatment is probably unnecessary. However, if the level of discomfort is unpleasant then a podiatrist may opt for any one or a combination of these treatments:

  • Reducing the pain and swelling by resting the feet and applying an ice pack
  • Undertaking a stretching program that exercises the foot region and enhances pronation
  • Modifying the shoes worn and introducing orthotic devices to promote the arch
  • Surgery as a last resort to create a permanent arch

Pain is your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that something is wrong. By correcting the alignment, all the structures – joints, tendons, ligaments etc will be working in the way they were designed to do.

Whatever the chosen treatment there is relief available for the pain and discomfort associated with flat feet and fallen arches.

Contact Bentley Podiatry today for more information.