Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
a condition in which the longitudinal arch is broken down, the entire sole touching the ground.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
1. pl. flat·feet (-fēt′) A condition in which the arch of the foot is abnormally flattened down so that the entire sole makes contact with the ground.
2. pl. flat·foots
a. Informal A person with flat feet.
b. Slang A police officer.
To walk in a flat-footed manner: "He flatfooted along, twirling his club" (James T. Farrell).
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tal·i·pes pla·nus (tal'i-pēz plā'nŭs)
A condition in which the longitudinal arch is broken down, the entire sole touching the ground.
, pes planus
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
FLATFOOT (PES PLANUS)
Abnormal flatness of the sole and the arch of the foot. This condition may exist without causing symptoms or interfering with normal function of the foot. The inner longitudinal and anterior transverse metatarsal arches may be depressed. This condition may be acute, subacute, or chronic. Synonym: pes planus
Flatfoot in which the foot is held everted by spasmodic contraction of the peroneal muscle.illustration
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Patient discussion about flatfoot
Q. Can flat feet be repaired by surgery? I have flat feet and I’m looking for all sorts of treatments for it- I heard there is a surgery for it- is it helpful?
A. As far as I know- they don’t treat flat feet that are asymptomatic. So first of all check if it bothers you. secondly there are 2 kinds of flat feet- rigid and flexible. There are different and treated differently. Not always a surgery (which is very painful and costly) is needed– I went to a Rolf method therapist by the advice of my orthopedic and it’s much better now. Ask an orthopedic.
Q. I think my son has flat foot, how to tell for sure? I didn't notice it before, he is 3 years old now and all shoes hurt him. Does it mean he has flat foot? what else can it be?
A. Pes planus (flat foot) is not a rare condition in toddlers, and may resolves spontaneously as the child grows. It is diagnosed clinically, i.e. by a doctor such as pediatrician or pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and radiographs are not universally indicatedMore discussions about flatfoot
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