Flat Feet (Pes Planus)



Flat feet, or pes planus, is a prevalent condition where the arches of one or both feet are absent or collapsed. Individuals with flat feet have soles that fully contact the ground during standing, walking, or running, which can substantially affect foot mechanics and overall comfort.

Causes: Flat feet can develop due to various factors, including genetics, injuries, or gradual weakening of the foot's support structures. Some people are born with flat feet, while others may develop the condition later in life as a result of obesity, pregnancy, or aging.

Symptoms: The primary symptoms of flat feet include foot pain, particularly in the arch and heel areas. This discomfort often worsens with prolonged standing or physical activity. Individuals with flat feet may also experience swelling in the ankle and lower leg, as well as a feeling of tiredness or fatigue in the feet and legs.

Complications: Flat feet that are left untreated may result in various complications, such as overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the feet when walking), leading to ankle, knee, and hip discomfort. Flat feet can also heighten the likelihood of developing foot conditions like plantar fasciitis and bunions.

Management: My New Arch Orthotics can help to reshape and restore arches in most people with proper usage by stretching the ligaments and tendons of the foot, applying pressure to the arch and strengthening the muscles in the foot, ankle and leg.  While not all flat feet are able to recover completely, with My New Arch Orthotics, flat feet can be treated and managed effectively and have improved foot comfort and mobility.