Flat Feet

Flat feet (Pes Planus) is a term used to describe excessive “rolling in” or pronation of the feet either while standing or in motion.

This “rolling in” is a normal function of the foot as it allows us to absorb shock and walk on uneven terrain. However, too much of this can cause problems in the long-term.

Flat feet in children up to 3 years of age is a normal occurrence however if your child’s weight bearing arch doesn’t start to appear beyond this age, if there is a family history of foot trouble or your child trips or asks to be carried more than their peers, they should see a Podiatrist.

Symptoms of Flat Feet include:

  • Shin splints
  • Ankle Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bunions


A Biomechanical Assessment is performed to determine the causes of the Flat Feet and subsequent effects on the body. Treatment may involve exercise prescription, stretching, orthotics, footwear modification or referral to a surgeon. It is best to attempt conservative treatment first.