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Flat Feet

Flat feet (also called pes planus or fallen arches) is a term commonly used to describe lowering of the long inner arch of the foot which is often confused with excessive or abnormal pronation. Abnormal pronation is one of the most common mechanical causes of pain in the foot.

Flat feet indicates that little or no arch is present.
The true ‘flat foot’ is very rare. In fact, less than 5% of the population have flat feet with no arch present whatsoever.
It is quite normal for small children to have flat feet, however the arch usually develops as they get older.
It’s not how high or low your arch is off the ground but how the foot functions during standing and moving.
Flat feet is often confused with excessive pronation of the foot where the foot “flattens” when bearing weight.
This excessive inward motion of the foot can create an abnormal amount of stretching and pulling on the ligaments and tendons as well as stress on the bones and joints. Excessive pronation may also contribute to injury and pain in the ankle, leg, knee, hip, and lower back.

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