FLAT FEET (PLANO-VALGUS FOOT)
As you can imagine, this condition is where the sole of the foot has no arch and a very low arch affecting one or both feet. This can also be referred to as ‘fallen arch’.
As described by the Oxford University Hospital Website ‘Flat feet is a biomechanical problem condition. This condition is experienced by a surprisingly high percentage of the population. It can cause the foot to roll inwards in order to gain contact with the floor and support the weight of the body, and is the main clinical feature of excessive pronation.’ Flat feet can be a result of a number of different reasons. For example;
- Congenital Biomechanical flat foot
- Acquired Biomechanical flat foot
- Paralytic flat foot
- Arthritic flat foot
- Spastic flat foot
- Traumatic flat foot
Not everyone who has flat feet will experience pain or require treatment, but increased activity placing more strain on the foot and ankle can lead to symptoms.
You may think it will be an easy fix by pushing the arched into place with insoles or orthotics, but first, you must determine any clinical feature associated with that form of flat foot and determine the underlying primary mechanical issue that has caused the fault.
Like any condition, if recognised early then the prevention of surgery or long term pain can be avoided. This is why it is important to get children routinely checked.
Once the condition has been assesses then we can look at treatment. This may consist of orthotic insoles. By using gait analysis, Orthotics will be produced from a plaster cast impression of your feet, a laboratory will then manufacture your bespoke devices. Other treatments may be used like stretching and strengthening exercises, supportive footwear or as a last resort, Surgery called Hyprocure treatment for flat foot.
For those patients who suffer from these problems, have you tried conventional Orthotic treatments? Did this provide relief or do you simply wish for an alternative solution? Then Mr. Anthony Wilkinson and Mr. Stephen Finney at The Yorkshire Foot Hospital have dealt with hundreds of cases and can treat you at The Yorkshire Foot Hospital which is part of the Lawrence Clinic group.
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