The problems podiatrists deal with include things like those resulting from bone and joint disorders for example arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies along with neurological and circulatory illnesses. Podiatrists can also diagnose and treat any kind of complications of the above that impact the lower limb, such as skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained as a result of sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists. Private health insurance funds include podiatry services under their ancillary tables. Government-funded services may be found in some public hospitals, community health centres along with other publicly funded utilities. Parents often get very anxious when they see their child flopping around on archless feet. Studies have shown that athletic performance or injury rates have zero correlation to flat feet. If the flat feet are asymptomatic, no treatment is eminent through research is lacking to really determine the value of an orthotic on long term symptoms. For children that have symptoms, they may have an underlying coalition, meaning they may have bones in their foot that are fused that shouldn’t be. These children improve significantly with surgical procedures to correct this deformity. There are a lot of problems that can occur in the lower limbs and back as a direct or indirect result of flat feet. Before buying anything, I would recommend that you see a skilled well read Chiropractor (not all are!) or podiatrist (if feet only) to determine the exact cause of the problem so that they can determine the problem and suggest a treatment plan that is appropriate to you and your body. Remember, “ everyone is different “. Flatfoot” is not a diagnosis, it simply describes the shape of the foot and up to 30% of the population will have “flat feet” in the absence of symptoms. Although not all people who have flat feet experience heel pain, people who have greater navicular drop are more likely to experience more strain on the plantar fascia, leading to heel pain. On the other hand, people with a fixed arch height and do not have a significant drop in the height of their navicular bone are less likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis and heel pain. What Causes Flat Feet? Pes planus is a condition in which the arch or instep of the foot collapses and comes in contact with the ground. In some individuals, this arch never develops while they are growing. Alternative Names With failure of conservative treatment, surgery may be recommended. Surgery should be directed at the underlying pathology including tendon repair, tendon transfer, bony realignment (or osteotomy), and occasionally fusion of bones. If surgery is performed, frequently an arch will be rebuilt in the foot to prevent recurrence of symptoms. Afternoon PEB forum from yokosuka,japan! I speak for everyone when I say I appreciate what you guys do on this website it really helps everyone out with conditions of all sorts; for both senior and junior enlisted/officer. Great job to each and everyone one of you! This finding represents the knees inability to maintain its dynamic integrity (position during movement) while under load. What we see is a collapsing medially (inward) of the involved knee representing poor control, weakness of the hip musculature, and/or poor foundational support from poorly controlled foot motion. This concept represents the importance of muscular control of one’s knee while under dynamic load. What we see at times is a “shimmy” in the knee while the patient attempts to control knee movements such as a single leg squat. This can represent poor muscular control and coordination of the knee, hip and foot musculature.