Custom Made Foot Orthotics For Flat Feet
Custom Made Orthotics for Flat Feet
The condition known as flat feet or fallen arches is also called pes planus, which is the formal reference to a medical condition in which the arch of the foot collapses. When this happens the entire sole comes into complete or near-complete contact with the ground.
In most cases arches fall because of strain on the arch, wearing shoes that provide little or no arch support, or a foot injury. However, an estimated 20% to 30% of the general population simply do not have the arch develop in one foot (unilaterally) or both feet (bilaterally).
Someone with flat feet can have low arches or no arches at all. Most of the time having flat feet doesn't cause any problem so no treatment is required. Sometime though flat feet will ache, or the condition may cause pain elsewhere in the foot, ankle or lower leg. Often the aching can be relieved by wearing properly fitting, supportive shoes. More severe cases may require the wearing of special custom made flat foot orthotics to stop over-pronation, or inward rolling, when walking or running. These usually have to be made and fitted by a podiatrist.
Someone with flat feet may experience pain that's not directly in the area of the foot arch. Pain can manifest itself around the inside of the ankle, the arch, the outer side of the foot, the calf, the knee, hip or back. If the pain is so severe that it needs to be relieved, it is usually a case of painkillers being prescribed.
In rare cases, surgery is needed. This is usually in cases when a child is born with flat feet, a congenital abnormality. The foot may need to be straightened surgically, or bones may need to be separated if they're fused together.
Flat Feet Solutions
We recommend the use of our muscle stimulating custom made foot orthotics for flat feet, to help re-create the fallen arches. Our trained practitioners identify which foot muscles are weak and customise the soft orthotic accordingly. Being soft, the orthotics will fit most shoes including high heels.