Flatfoot (pes planus)

Flatfoot (pes planus) is a condition in which the longitudinal arch in the foot, which runs lengthwise along the sole of the foot, has not developed normally and is lowered or flattened out. One foot or both feet may be affected.

Symptoms of Flat Foot (Pes Planus)

People who have flat feet rarely have symptoms or problems.

Causes of Flat Foot (Pes Planus)

Some causes of flatfoot include:

  • Changes in work environment.
  • Genetics.
  • Minor injury.
  • Sudden weight gain.
  • Excessive standing, walking, jumping, or running.
  • Poorly fitted footwear.

Treatment of Flat Foot (Pes Planus)

Flat foot can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:

  • Getting orthotics.
  • Lose weight.
  • Wearing proper fitting shoes.
  • Acupuncture.
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Massage therapy.
  • Chiropractic rehabilitation.
  • Heat therapy.
  • Cold therapy.

Preventing Flat Foot (Pes Planus)

Some preventative measures include:

  • Maintain or improve on foot strength
  • Maintain or improve on foot stability
  • Maintain or improve on foot range of motion
  • Wear orthotics
  • Wear proper fitting shoes.
  • Do not wear high heels.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.


If you are flat foot and would like to take a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.