Pes Planus (Flat Feet)

Pes planus, commonly known as flat feet or fallen arches, is a condition where the arches of the feet are lowered or absent, causing the entire sole of the foot to make contact with the ground when standing. This condition can be congenital (present from birth) or acquired over time due to factors such as ageing, obesity, muscle weakness, ligament laxity, or injury.

Flat feet can sometimes be asymptomatic and not require any treatment. However, in some cases, they can lead to issues such as foot pain, discomfort, arch or heel pain, and even problems with the alignment of the ankles, knees, hips, and spine. Some individuals with flat feet may also experience difficulty finding properly fitting shoes.

Treatment for flat feet varies based on the severity of the condition and the presence of symptoms. Some common approaches include:

  1. Supportive Footwear: Wearing shoes with proper arch support and cushioning can help alleviate discomfort and provide better stability.
  2. Orthotic Inserts: Custom-made orthotic inserts can help provide additional support and correct the alignment of the foot.
  3. Physical Therapy: Specific exercises can help strengthen the muscles and improve the stability of the foot and ankle.
  4. Weight Management: Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the strain on the feet and lower the risk of exacerbating symptoms.
  5. Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may provide temporary relief from discomfort.
  6. Bracing: In some cases, a brace or splint may be recommended to provide additional support and alignment.
  7. Surgical Intervention: Surgery is typically considered a last resort and is reserved for severe cases where conservative measures have failed to provide relief.

If you or someone you know is experiencing discomfort or pain related to flat feet, it’s advisable to consult a podiatrist. They can assess the condition, determine the appropriate treatment plan, and provide guidance on managing symptoms effectively.

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