WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF JOINT PAIN?
Flat feet(also known as pes planus or fallen arches) is a condition where the arches of the foot either falls to develop or collapse.This means that the sole of the foot is in contact with the floor when standing.
WHAT CAUSES FLAT FEET?
The arch in the foot normally develops by age 5 or 6 as the fat pad babies is gradually absorbed and balance improves as skilled movements are acquired.In some children however,the arch fails develop which may be result of tightness in the calf muscles laxity in the achille's tendon or poor core stability in other areas such as around the hips.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF FLAT FEET?
Initially a child may note complain of any problems associated with their flat feet however over time it may lead to an altered walking pattern clumsiness limping after long walks and pain in the foot kness or hips.It is there fore important that appropriate treatment commences as early as possible.
HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPIST HELP THE CHILD SUFFERING FROM FLAT FEET?
Physiotherapy can help to reduce the problems associated with flat feet by:
- Providing advice on exercise to help stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak areas to aid development of correct foot posture.
- Providing advice on appropriate footwear.
- Advising on appropriate insoles to improve foot position and referral to a specialist orthotist if necessary.
- providing advice on pain management.