Are flat feet really a problem?

Greetings, salaam, shalom and namaste to you and all. I trust you’re safe, well and in good spirits. 

There was a time when having flat feet meant you couldn’t join the army. There was also a time when flat feet were blamed for many foot ailments.

Through scientific study and research, we now know that flat feet, per se are not a problem. To move forward, our feet must convert rotations in our thighs and legs which begin at the hip into movements in the feet that allow us to adapt to the ground and push forward. These movements are supination (rolling outwards) and pronation (rolling inwards).

These normal movements, essential for locomotion, shock absorption and weight distribution allowing us to adapt to the stresses and surfaces we walk on. However, when these movements, in particular pronation, occur in excess, they can in some cases, though not all, give the appearance of a flat foot.


The most common symptom of overpronation is painful feet due to strained muscles and ligaments. These abnormal stresses also have a knock-on effect and pain on other parts, including arches, heels, ankles, calves, legs, knees, hip and even back pain.


If you are affected with any of these symptoms it may be associated with your foot and ankle function. At Foot Comfort Centre, we offer musculoskeletal assessments as well as state of the art analysis using foot scan pedographs and video gait evaluation using high-speed cameras. to examine your feet, ankles, and lower limb posture to diagnose, and suggest an appropriate treatment plan for you. Why not call us today to see how we may be able to help you.

Thanks for reading and on behalf of everyone at the Foot Comfort Centre we hope you have a good day,


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