30 Jun Understanding and Correcting Flat Feet Naturally: Insights from a Chartered Physiotherapist
I’m Anne-Marie Webb, a Chartered Physiotherapist in Jersey with 25 years of experience, specialising in foot physiotherapy. My business is Harmony Physiotherapy Jersey.
Understanding Flat Feet:
Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arches of the feet are collapsed or minimally present, causing the entire or most of sole to touch the ground during weight-bearing activities. It’s essential to understand that flat feet are not always a problem and are a normal variation of foot structure. Many individuals with flat feet can move through a normal range of motion without any issues. Having a flat foot is actually essential in certain parts of the gait (walking) cycle.
When Intervention Is Necessary:
While the majority of cases of flat feet do not require intervention, there are situations where treatment may be needed. These typically involve people with discomfort, pain, or functional limitations due to their flat feet. Also, people with rigid flat feet that are are not able to move between a flat foot and the formation of an arch may need some help.
Physiotherapy Strategies for Flat Feet:
In the majority of cases, orthotic or shoe support is not necessary. The focus of physiotherapy is correcting foot mechanics and improving foot function through a rehabilitation programme. The arch of your foot doesn’t need support; it is the support. It may just require some specific exercises to strengthen and improve its function.
Understanding flat feet involves recognising that the majority of cases do not require orthotic or shoe support. Instead, a rehabilitation programme aimed at improving foot function is recommended. By working closely with a Chartered Physiotherapist and following a personalised treatment plan involving strengthening exercises, manual therapy, and individualised approaches, individuals with flat feet can enhance foot function and alleviate associated symptoms.