There is usually a gap beneath the inner part of the foot when a person stands, as the arch raises off the ground slightly. Flat feet only need treatment if they cause discomfort, indicate an underlying disorder, or lead to pain elsewhere in the body. Some people appear to have a very low arch or no arch without ever experiencing problems. When flat feet do cause symptoms, simple devices and exercises can help to minimize the discomfort.
People with flat feet who do not experience pain or other symptoms do not usually need to consult a doctor.
However, anyone with the following symptoms should seek medical advice:
Most qualified healthcare professionals can diagnose fallen arches by examining the feet and observing the individual as they stand and walk.
The doctor will inspect the feet from the front and back. The individual may need to stand on the tips of their toes to allow the doctor to examine the shape and function of each foot.
Here at Charlestown Podiatry Clinic, we have the skills and experience to treat patients with all types of podiatry requirements. Our clients range from children to the elderly and everyone else in between. We treat athletes’ injuries from the elite to social levels and have developed quite a reputation amongst the sporting community.