Flat Feet (Pes Planus)

Flat Feet (Pes Planus)

A flat foot or pes planus occurs when the foot arch has collapsed. It can mean there are loose ligaments and weak muscles through the foot. 

The entire sole is coming into contact or near-complete contact with the ground which can mean the foot performance is less efficient. 

It is normal for babies and young children to have flat feet. 

Symptoms may include pain in the: 

  • Midfoot  
  • Heel  
  • Lower leg 
  • Knee 
  • Hip 
  • Back 

Causes may include: 

  • Injury 
  • Arthritis 
  • Poor biomechanics 
  • Pregnancy (increased weight and elastin causing relaxation of ligaments) 

Wearing minimal footwear may help with this condition through movement and strengthening of the foot. The transition period may make you feel tired and achy due to the foot having to work and move more with a similar feeling to going to the gym for a workout. 

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