Do you have flat or high arched feet?

Flat & High arched feet | Healthy Life Foot Clinic

People often worry about having high arched or low arched (also called flat feet) feet. They worry that it might cause future problems. They also particularly worry if their child has a high arched or low arched foot.

Like your fingerprints, no two feet are the same. Everyone’s feet are different. The same goes with the height of your arch. There are certain issues that may be more associated with having a certain arch height. For example, people with a higher arch may have a more unstable foot and therefore more prone to rolling or spraining their ankles. Someone with a low arched foot may have more issues with pain around the inside of their ankle. They are also more likely to have bunions for example.

If you are concerned about your arch height, we suggest it be properly assessed. But often, the advice is unless you are having pain, or you are noticing other changes in your feet (bunions, hammertoes etc), that you don’t need to be too concerned.

If your child has either a high arched foot or a low arched foot, it also may be normal for their age and development. But again, it is always better to have this assessed properly.

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What to expect at your consultation

When you see one of our Podiatrist’s at Healthy Life Foot Clinic, you’ll not only feel welcomed but confident in their care.

We’ll initially take the time to learn about you and your problem and how it’s affected you and what it’s stopping you from doing. We will then take a thorough history and perform a detailed examination to determine what’s wrong and the cause of your problem.

Part of the examination will involve observation of your walking which may also include the use of video or Gaitscan (this measures the pressure applied under your feet). We may also refer you for further xrays or ultrasound if indicated.

Finally, we will give you a plan which will clearly detail what the problem is, why it’s there and what we will do to get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. Treatment will vary according to your problem but may include a combination of hands on therapy (foot mobilisation and dry needling), strapping, exercise, footwear advice, laser, orthotic therapy and general foot care.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a couple of our most frequently asked questions. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for please contact us and we will be more than happy to answer any further questions.

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