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Flat Feet

Flat feet are a normal variant. Depending on the definitions, they occur in 10% of the adult population and a greater proportion of children, particularly young ones. Providing the feet are painless and flexible, they require no treatment.

Your GP can check whether your sub-talar joints are mobile and that your heels correct into varus when standing on tip toes. If your feet are painful, your GP will probably advise referral to see one of our team.

There is little evidence that insoles improve outcome, but are often worth trying if the feet are painful or there is excessive shoe wear.

Most patients with flat feet have tight calf muscles, so regular stretching exercises, either at home or occasionally under the guidance of our skilled physiotherapy team are helpful.