As podiatrists, we often have clients present to us reporting that they have ‘flat feet’ or ‘fallen arches’.
‘Flat feet’ are often cited as an underlying factor in a whole host of problems, from back pain, to knee pain and even bunions.
So, do we always need to support our low arches with insoles and orthotics to prevent or relieve problems? Absolutely not!
It’s important to distinguish if this presentation is actually contributing to somebody’s problems or is a simple observation of the shape of their feet – in fact, a large proportion of the population have no visible, or a very low arch profile with no problems (myself included).
Something that is important however, is whether there is pain or discomfort when a person stands or walks.
In this case, the visible flattening of the arch may be indicative of a problem elsewhere. For example, excessive movement in the foot joints might be happening to make up for tightness in the ankle – in which case, it is the ankle that should be addressed.
In fact, shoe horning (pardon the pun!) arch supports under someone’s foot without this level of consideration can cause new or increased symptoms.
Remember, we are all different and just because something looks odd, it may not necessarily be.
However, we can often lend a hand in helping to identify the true underlying cause of pain originating from foot or gait problems and formulate a plan to help you get over it – be that, insoles, exercises or just footwear advice.
If you suffering with foot pain then book a consultation with a podiatrist today. Call us on 01926 563555 or you can now Book Online.