Flat Feet? Custom Orthotics Can Help!
Flat feet can lead to heel and arch pain that make the simple act of walking a real pain. Naturally flat feet or fallen arches cause the foot to lengthen, stretching the fascia in the foot. This causes an inflammation called plantar fasciitis, which equals pain.
If you have flat feet, you likely have chronic foot pain and initial treatments such as icing, massaging, and stretching your foot won’t have any lasting effect.
If You Suffer from Flat Feet, Here’s What You Need to Do:
- Don’t go barefoot. You’ll need to support your feet at all times. When not wearing shoes, try a flip flop or sandal with a firm arch support.
- Wear a pair of custom made orthotics. The arch of the foot needs to be supported and lifted to handle the load we put on our feet. Flat feet especially need that lift that is absent from the foot. Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that should be worn daily to eliminate the chronic inflammation of plantar fasciitis caused by flat feet.
Custom orthotics are made specifically to fit your foot. A podiatrist can create a custom fit for the shape of your foot for the most effective and fastest relief of foot pain.
Why Over-The-Counter Supports Aren’t Working
- They don’t conform to the arch of the foot. Over-the-counter orthotics are not designed specifically for your foot, so the likelihood of them fitting as needed is unlikely.
- Heel cushions won’t treat plantar fasciitis. It may seem that when you have pain in the heel, you should cushion the heel. While this extra cushion may feel okay initially, it will not stop the chronic pain of plantar fasciitis because it won’t stop the lengthening of the fascia caused by flat feet.
Supporting your flat feet sooner than later is necessary to reverse the inflammation and pain. See a podiatrist now for the best solution to your foot pain.