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Flat Feet

About flat feet

The term “flat feet” describes a foot where there is little or no gap under the foot along the inside where the arch should be. Flat feet, also known as pes planus or fallen arches, is not always a problem and many people will have flat feet without any adverse effects. However, flat feet can be the cause of pain in the ankle and lower legs, especially if one foot is flatter than the other. We can help treat flat feet in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Worksop.

There isn’t always a reason for having flat feet, it might just be the way your feet are. But sometimes the low arches are caused by something else such as a tendon injury, arthritis or a childhood bone development issue.

What are the symptoms of flat feet?

For some people, flat feet cause pain and problems walking. Signs that flat feet might be causing you a problem include:

  • One foot is flatter than the other
  • Painful or stiff feet and ankles, particularly on the inside of your ankle
  • Problems walking or with your balance
  • Frequent injuries to your feet or ankles
  • Swelling in your ankles

Flat feet can lead to damage to tendons and to nerves in the ankles and also arthritis so it’s important to seek treatment if you are experiencing foot problems.

What treatments are available?

A physiotherapist or a foot specialist, called a podiatrist, can help treat your flat feet and the problems they are causing you. Common remedies include:

  • Wearing an orthotic insole in your shoe to support your arches
  • Recommending a flat shoe with a wider fit
  • Exercises that strengthen your feet and ankles
  • Taking anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

Surgery isn’t a common option for flat feet but can sometimes help if the cause of the fallen arches is a bone or tendon problem. Book your treatment for flat feet in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster or Worksop. You can also follow us on social media.

 

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