Collapsed arches are a usually painless condition where the arches on the inside of your feet are completely collapsed arches so that the entire sole of your feet touch the floor when standing. Flat feet can develop after an injury to the foot, such as a ligament, tendon or muscle tear, or as a result of arthritis or they may develop because the condition runs in the family. People with flat feet often complain of their feet rolling inwards when walking or a feeling of their foot collapsing.
Collapsed arches can cause a myriad of symptoms, from experiencing pain in the foot, heels, arch, calves, the shin, the knee, the hip and into the lower back due to overworking of the hip flexors or they may find it hard to stand on tip toes
The treatment is simple for Collapsed arches. We will carry out a biomechanical assessment and assess your full history, often alongside a Computerised Gait Scan to give us an idea of how the foot is compensating.
Treatment will be to:
- Control how the foot hits the ground
- Support the middle of the foot and prevent the arch collapsing
- Promote normal movement in the front of the foot
The ability to do this will be dictated by the movement within the foot to start with. Treatment for all the above problems are often combined with a physiotherapy session in order to help develop a stretching and strengthening programme for the back of the legs and the pelvis in order to allow normal function when the orthoses have been prescribed.