“Do I have flat feet?” is a common question asked by patients I see at SGH.
You’ve probably come across or heard about the terms “flat feet” or “pes planus” (to apply the correct medical terminology). These terms are often used by patients, shop assistants and health care professionals, but what do they mean?
Typically, in a non “flat-footed” individual, the arch of the foot is usually raised off the ground when the person is standing. If the foot arch is low or nonexistent, the person is said to have “flat feet” or sometimes, “fallen arches”.
Pes planus tends to be a very common condition in the Asian population with estimates suggesting that it occurs in around 1 in 5 individuals.
How do I know I have flat feet?
Flat feet can only be truly identified while the individual is standing or walking. When someone with flat feet stands or walks, their inner foot or arch flattens. In addition the foot may roll over to the inner side (this is known as excessive subtalar pronation).Read More »from 1 in 5 Asians has flat feet issues