Flat feet and pronation are complex linked biomechanical concerns that impact the structural integrity and functionality of the feet during weight-bearing activities like walking. 

Although they are often associated, it’s crucial to note that they represent distinct issues. Pronation, a natural movement where the foot’s arch lowers during the gait cycle, is essential for normal foot function during activities such as walking and running. However, abnormal or excessive pronation has been closely linked to various lower limb injuries, particularly among runners. Notably, recent research has also identified a potential correlation between pronated feet and lower back pain, underlining the interconnectedness of these biomechanical factors. 

Plantar Fasciitis, commonly known as heel pain, manifests as discomfort in the morning and after prolonged periods of inactivity. This condition is frequently a result of increased physical activity(overuse), diminished heel fat pad, and the natural decline in tendon elasticity as individuals age, typically becoming noticeable in their mid to late thirties. 

The condition arises due to inflammation of the tissues connecting to the heel bone, causing persistent pain, particularly during weight-bearing activities. The Plantar Fascia, a fibrous tissue band supporting the foot’s arch, can become inflamed, leading to symptoms such as heel pain, arch discomfort, or the formation of a heel spur—a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. Left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis can progress to a point where weight-bearing on the affected heel becomes severely challenging. 

For individuals experiencing concerning heel pain, it is advisable to schedule a comprehensive Lower Limb biomechanical Assessment. This assessment involves a series of meticulous clinical tests designed to pinpoint the underlying cause of the discomfort. 

Following the assessment, our Podiatrist will create a personalized treatment plan for you, which may encompass: Cold presses or ice packs Anti-inflammatory tablets Cushioning Massage Muscle Strengthening Programme Stretching Exercises Programme Prescription Orthotics Shoe Recommendations