- People with flat feet often struggle to find orthotics that provide adequate support, eliminate pain, and offer comfort.
- The force exerted on flat feet can cause orthotics to be painful if not properly made.
- Some orthotics are designed to be more flexible or have lower arches to enhance comfort, but they may not offer sufficient support to alleviate pain caused by flat feet.
- Effective orthotics for flat feet must be wide enough in the arch to prevent the foot from resting on the inside edge. A modification called a "medial flange" can be added to wrap around the inside arch for better support and weight distribution.
- Orthotics should conform tightly to the arch of the foot to ensure proper support. These are known as "total contact orthotics."
- To ensure the orthotics are both supportive and comfortable, it is important to have them properly made.
- Over-the-counter orthotics may not provide adequate support for severe flat feet, so custom orthotics are often necessary for optimal support and pain relief.
- Flat feet can lead to various types of pain in the feet, legs, knees, back, and hips, which can be alleviated by using appropriate orthotics.
- It is advisable to consult a podiatrist specializing in orthotic therapy who understands the best techniques for making orthotics specifically for flat feet.
If you're in the Kentucky area, we invite you to make an appointment with us for a flat foot evaluation. Our expertise in orthotic therapy will ensure that the orthotics we provide are effective and comfortable for your needs.