Fallen Arches (Over-Pronation)

You know when we walk in the sand on the beach? Well, that’s how nature meant us to walk! You will notice how the sand forms a complete support under the foot. Unfortunately, instead of soft natural surfaces, we walk mainly on hard surfaces like pavements and floors. These hard surfaces cause the foot to roll inwards and the arches to flatten to gain ground contact. This condition is called ‘over-pronation’ and it affects an estimated 70% of the British population!

Over-pronation can lead to various foot problems such as heel pain and ball of foot pain. Because our feet are the foundation of our body, poorly aligned feet may also cause problems in other parts of the body, resulting in shin pain, aching legs, knee pain, even lower back pain!

 

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Foot Types

Foot types can be divided into three major groups: flat foot (Pes Planus), high arched foot (Pes Valgus) and normal to low arched foot.

While it is considered a major foot type, a true 'flat foot' is actually very rare. In fact, less than 5% of the population have flat feet. The term ‘flat feet’ refers to a foot with no arch present whatsoever and the entire bottom surface of the foot being flat on the ground. This can cause aches and pains and so in order to combat the problem of flat feet, flat foot insoles have been specially designed to support your foot as you walk, at the same time ensuring that the muscles in your feet are built up correctly. Orthotic insoles for flat feet help to combat the problem before it can escalate.

 

The majority of the population have a normal to low arch and while the arch can appear to be normal, most of us actually suffer from over-pronation during walking, running and standing due to the hard, flat and unnatural surfaces that we walk on. Combined with the wearing of unsupportive footwear, this can have painful lasting effects which are where flat foot insoles come in. With every step, the arches flatten and the ankles roll inwards, however, this can be resolved with the help of insoles for flat feet, by offering support where it’s needed to alter your walking pattern.

Pronation itself is not wrong, as we need to pronate and supinate as part of our natural gait cycle. Pronation (rolling in) acts as a shock-absorbing mechanism and supination (rolling out) helps to propel our feet forward. However, in the case that you are suffering from flat feet, this can cause further pain. With the help of flat foot insoles, inserted into your favourite shoes, you can walk in comfort and full the right correction and support.

Orthotic insoles for flat feet can be placed into any shoes that you wish to wear, meaning that you aren’t restricted to only one pair of shoes, and as they come in multiple different shapes and sizes, whether it be for children or adults, they are a worthwhile investment. Insoles can provide instant relief to flat feet.

We believe that the ability to walk comfortably shouldn’t be a luxury, and so we work hard to offer our orthotic insoles for flat feet at competitive but affordable prices. All our products are created from high quality materials to give you the right support to correct the symptoms and pain associated with flat feet. 

If you are experiencing a level of pain with your flat feet, click here to see our range of flat foot insoles to help you get back to doing more of what you love with your friends and family.

Treatment For Over-Pronation 

Although there is no actual cure for over-pronation it is possible to correct or at least reduce this problem.

In order to restore our normal foot function an 'orthotic' or orthotic insole device is placed inside the shoes. FootActive orthotics are designed to realign the foot and ankle bones to their natural position. This in turn restores our normal foot function and it helps alleviate not only foot problems but also ailments in other parts of the body i.e. the legs, knees and lower back.

In addition to wearing an orthotic, it is recommended to wear supportive shoes, like good quality athletic footwear with a firm heel counter and sufficient flexibility in the forefoot area.

Or good quality leather lace-up shoes with a strong heel counter to provide stability to the ankle joint.