Flat Feet

A flat foot is a structural deformity resulting in the lowering of the arch of the foot. This is sometimes referred to as fallen arches. A person with a flat foot or a highly arched foot that is fairly painful is in need of treatment. People with flat feet may have ankle, knee or low back pain.

Causes of Flat Feet

Musculoskeletal disorders

What can you do?

Wear supportive shoes.

What can a Podiatrist do?

Perform a physical examination and gait analysis.
Request X-rays, bone scans, CT, MRI or other imaging studies.
Recommend shoe changes, over-the-counter arch supports or prescribe custom orthoses.
Perform surgery as indicated.

Source: British Columbia Association of Podiatrist – http://www.foothealth.ca/ Retrieved: 2009-06-01