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Flat Feet: Symptoms, Causes Treatment & Prevention Advice

What are Flat Feet?

The term Flat Feet can be interpreted in two different ways. On one hand the foot collapses under the body weight and appears to have a very low arch or no arch at all. The shape of the foot makes it look as though the foot is over-pronating (in rolling). This condition is relatively rare and gives rise to no symptoms.

However where over-pronation occurs, the foot rolls in and rotates so that the arch seems to disappear and the foot appears to be flat on the ground upon weight bearing. In this case the foot does not function efficiently, which may give rise to painful feet.

What causes Flat Feet?

Over-pronation is the main cause of Flat Feet (flattening of the arch). During over-pronation the inner side of the foot is twisted against the ground and this can cause inflammation to the ligaments that run under the sole of the foot (Plantar Fasciitis). Pain can be located along the stretch of ligaments between the heel bone and the head of the metatarsals in the fore foot. Pain can also be located on the inner side of the heel bone and at times right under heel bone where a heel spur might developed.

Treatment and prevention of Flat Feet

Over-pronation can be treated by arch support insoles. These insoles will prevent some pronation and will provide comfort.
However, ideally custom made orthotics will correct the over-pronation of the foot and as such will eliminate the functional flat foot condition.

Footwear should also be examined to ensure there is a proper fit. Footwear with a firm heel counter is often recommended for extra support and stability. Improper fitting footwear can lead to additional foot problems.

This information is for guidance only. If you are in doubt at all, please consult your nearest health professional.

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Carnation Pediroller Kit

With soothing foot massage gel. Podiatrist designed Carnation Pediroller offers immediate relief from aching, tired feet and common foot pain in the heel and arch. For relief from: heel and arch pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs and Aids circulation. Pediroller can be frozen. Download the exercise sheet below.

£7.95

24% Off

Healthy Step 9-to-5 Insoles

The 9-to-5 insoles unique slim profile ensures an easy fit into everyday shoes to reduce foot fatigue and help prevent those day-to-day aches and pains we all feel. The 9-5 Insole is both discreet and comfortable, cradling the foot helping to relieve and rest tired feet. You will also notice the black shock dot in the heel area to help reduce heel strike impact.

£21.95

RRP £28.95

Podo Sole Moulded Insoles

EVA insole to provide additional support and comfort for patients requiring mild to moderate • biomechanical control. • Deep heel cup. • Moulded EVA insole base. • Soft textured top cover for improved grip and comfort.

£7.95

13% Off

Podopro 2/3 Length Gel Insole

Soft dual density silicone gel insole provides shock absorbtion and pressure relief to sensitive areas. Relief for heel, ankle, knee and back. Supportive arch provides superior comfort and control of the rear and mid-foot areas.

£13.95

RRP £15.99

Silipos Full Length Gel Insole

Dual density silicone gel insole absorbs shock under high pressure areas while supporting the rest of the foot and relieves heel, arch and forefoot pain.

£19.95

Silipos 3/4 Length Gel Insole

Soft dual density silicone gel insole provides shock absorbtion and pressure relief to sensitive areas. Relief for heel, ankle, knee and back. Supportive arch provides superior comfort and control of the rear and mid-foot areas.

£15.99

Podopro Flatfoot Wedge

Podopro Flatfoot Wedge is best used in high heels, trainers, smart shoes and other types of designer shoes that lack arch support but do not accommodate orthotics. Designed to be discrete inside tight fitting shoes and provides just enough support to balance the foot and cushion the arch. Its wedge shape supports weakened and fallen arches while correcting and stabilizing your foot’s natural shape. Comes in a pair.

£9.50

Podopro Foot Support Lightweight

Leather covered lightweight acrylic support with built-in heel cushion and metatarsal pad. Designed to relax muscles, ligaments and tendons and provide relief from fallen arches and splay foot problems. In category Arch supports.

£14.95

Podopro Foot Support Heavy Duty

Leather covered heavy duty support in lightweight Durasoft acrylic with built-in heel cushion, valgus support and metatarsal pad. Designed to relax muscles, ligaments and tendons and provide relief from fallen arches and splay foot problems.

£14.95

Rightstride First Steps Daily Orthotics

These ultra-thin polypropylene made insoles provide the ultimate comfort and correction for feet in everyday shoes. Engineered by Rightstride, First Step Daily orthotics have specifically been designed for people who suffer from pains in the feet, knee and lower back when they wear everyday shoes. These shoe inserts are extremely thin, light and flexible so they take up very little room in the shoe, and because the base is made out of a polypropylene material it provides maximum support for the feet.

£60.00

30% Off

Pedag T-FORM Metatarsal Pad

T-Form corrects the latitudinal arch and relieves it. Soft metatarsal pad relieves splayfoot problems or ball of foot pain. Metatarsal pad is ideal for people with flat feet.

£6.90

RRP £9.85

30% Off

Pedag STEP Flatfoot Wedge

The flatfoot wedge gives relief from fallen arches.

£9.28

RRP £13.25

30% Off

Pedag GALANT Half Insole

Soft half insole with metatarsal pad. A remedy against splayfoot problems.

£9.77

RRP £13.95

Orthosole Full Max Cushion Insoles

OrthoSole insoles provide the perfect fit, just for you. The removable support pads gives you six different combinations to let you completely customize your insole to match your body, foot and lifestyle. That means more comfort and stability for a body that feels and performs better in everything you do.

£39.95

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