Flat Foot (Pes Planus)

Flat Foot (Pes Planus)

Pes planus also known as flat foot is the loss of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot, heel valgus deformity, and medial talar prominence. In lay terms, it is a fallen arch of the foot that caused the whole foot to make contact with the surface the individual is standing on. The deformity is usually asymptomatic and resolves spontaneously in the first decade of life, or occasionally progresses into a painful rigid form which causes significant disability.
Flat feet or pes planus is a very common condition associated with medial arch collapse.

Symptoms
Most people have no signs or symptoms associated with flatfeet. But some people with flatfeet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area. Pain may worsen with activity. Swelling and pains may occur in the ankle and also in the knee.

Risk factors
Factors that can increase your risk of flatfeet include:
Obesity
Injury to your foot or ankle
Rheumatoid arthritis
Aging
Diabetes & Pregnancy etc.

Orthotic Management of Pes Planus:
Custom Arch support
What are Arch Supports?
Arch supports are inserts that are placed into a shoe and help to provide the arch of your foot support. An arch support helps to eliminate or diminish the feeling of pain that may be caused by common foot problems. In addition, an arch support provides many benefits to your overall body health.

Importance
Arch supports help to lessen your foot pain and make walking and standing much more comfortable. So much that they help distribute pressure across your arches, provide stability and balance, provide support, and lessen foot pain.
For people already suffering from chronic conditions of the feet or persistent pain, arch supports can help alleviate symptoms and assist in recovery. Supporting the arch can have some of the following important benefits. Below, we will explain in detail the benefits.

Benefits
Help distribute pressure. Arch evenly distribute pressure across your feet and align your body.
Provide stability and balance. Arch supports are a great source for balance and support. They can help improve your posture and balance which can help lessen foot pain and problems related to imbalance and a lack of proper support.
These can help to alleviate pain and/or prevent further damage. This might be especially beneficial for those who suffer from plantar fasciitis.
Arch supports can help lessen your foot pain. Foot pain can not only cause discomfort but make it difficult to go about your day and handling important duties.