Having “flat feet” is a term used to refer to lack of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. A true flat-foot is referred to as rigid pes planus. This is where the foot is completely flat even during non-weight bearing. What most people with flat-feet suffer from is called flexible or functional pes planus. In this case, the arch will appear normal when the person is sitting (not bearing weight). However, when you stand up, you won’t be able to place an index finger under the arch.
Over time, flat-feet can lead to problems, including:
- plantar faciitis
- hammer toes
- shin splints
- knee, hip or back pain
How can I relieve the pain associated with flat-feet?
A visit to your chiropractor can do wonders for those feeling the pain of flat-feet. Your chiropractor will likely suggest individually fitted, orthotic arch supports once they’ve determined flat-feet to be the cause of your discomfort.
Custom Orthotic arch supports are heat moldable plastic shoe inserts designed to support the arch on the inside of the foot. Orthotics also help in realigning your foot’s ankle joints and bones.
A study even found orthotics to be effective in increasing athletic performance for those with flat-feet. Those tested ran with better efficiency and consumed less oxygen when running with orthotics.