What does having flat feet mean? Usually in a persons foot you will find that the middle part of the foot should be slightly raised from the ground whilst the rest of the foot stays flat on the ground this is what is known as the arch of your foot. However If you suffer from flat feet or “fallen arches” then this often means that the arch of your foot is either not as high as it should be or is completely flat.
What causes flat feet? The most common and unavoidable cause of flat feet is simply that you inherited them from your parents however there are other causes of flat feet such as:
* The bones in of the feet did not form properly inside the womb.
* Injury to your foot or ankle can cause the plantar fascia to become over stretched and weakened resulting in the flat feet.
* Loose connective tissue caused by syndromes such as joint hypermobility syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can also mean that the plantar fascia tissue cannot properly form preventing the development of an arch.
* Weakened muscles and tissue around the plantar fascia can mean that the arch of the foot cannot properly to support your feet and create an arch.
* Obesity can often put too much pressure on your arches and cause the plantar fascia to become over stretched and inflamed leading to the arches collapsing as a result.
* Ill-fitting and un-supportive shoes can also contribute to the arches collapsing.
* Old age. Over time as you get older our muscles and tendons in our feet may start to get weaker and cause our arches to flatten.
Symptoms: Whilst most people with flat feet have no symptoms some people can develop Plantar fasciitis and foot pain caused by having flat feet. Flat feet can cause a number of foot injuries and complaints such as plantar fasciitis this is because having flat feet can cause biomechanical imbalances in your feet when you walk such as improper gait such as over pronation (when your feet roll inwards as you walk), leg and foot alignment problems as well as causing excessive tightness and pressure on the plantar fascia. All of these problems can lead to the over stretching and damaging your feet and cause plantar fasciitis and other foot injuries.. Pain and excessive strain and tightness in the feet, low legs, the knees and lower back caused by alignment issues of having flat feet.
What you can do: There are a range of different ways that you can take the strain off your flat feet. Wearing supportive shoes and arch support insoles that help to give your feet an artificial arch can help to correct pronation, reduce tightness in your feet and can have a huge difference. Here at NuovaHealth we have a wide range of insoles specially designed with those with flat feet in mind. Our insoles have been made to help ease the pressure off the arch and and correct biomechanical imbalances.
Those who have flat or fallen arches may also have shortened and a tighter than usual Achilles tendons this is because the Achilles tendon is connected to the plantar fascia which means if the Achilles tendon is tight then the arch of your foot is also tight as well. Stretching the Achilles tendon can help to reduce the tightness in your arches. Stretches can be also be done to help strengthen the muscles around the arch of your feet and can have a huge impact! If you are obese and this is what is causing your fallen arches.. simply losing weight can help to:
restore the arches and help to ease your symptoms.
When picking the best arch support insoles for your flat feet. When choosing the right pair of insoles it is important to take into consideration a number of things.
It is important to buy a pair of insoles that help to support your arches as well as correcting biomechanical imbalances in your foot however there are other things that you should take into consideration such as: Is the arch support too rigid? If you buy a pair of insoles and the arch support is too rigid you will find that the insoles will not be flexible to absorb shocks. You need to buy a pair of insoles that flex and compress under pressure this will ensure that the shock and pressure is not focused just on your arches but is evenly distributed across your whole foot instead. Insoles that have too ridged arch support also will mean that your feet will have no room to support themselves thus your feet become reliant on the insoles to support them and become very weak without them. Is the arch support too soft? If you choose to buy insoles that provides arch support that is too soft what you may find is that the insoles may initially feel very soft and cushiony to wear the insoles however your feet will not be getting the level of support that they require. Something else to consider when buying insoles is buying them to the right fit. You do not want to buy a pair that are too big and will make your shoes feel too bulky and tight when you are wearing them because this will make your symptoms even worse… You also do not want to buy a pair of insoles that are too small either as this will mean that insoles will not be stable in your shoes and will slip around and may even cause your problems such as blisters from the friction as your feet move around your shoes. Nuova Helath insoles are designed to fit your feet properly with guidelines allowing you to cut the insoles to the correct fit.
These insoles are a perfect choice for preventing and easing pain associated with foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis. If you have plantar fasciitis then our arch support insoles will help to keep you on your feet by reducing strain and pressure from your arches, helping to prevent further damage to your plantar fascia and give your feet a chance to heal! Our insoles will protect your feet from damage, provide the arches of your feet with extra support and will also correct bio-mechanical imbalances such as flat feet or high arches which can often lead to plantar fasciitis.
Why our insoles are the best choice for those with plantar fasciitiis:
- Realigns the feet and correct bio-mechanical imbalances and stress on the plantar fascia.
- Helps to support and correct the fours phases of the gait cycle and prevent over pronation and under pronation whilst walking.
- Absorbs shock and spreads pressure evenly across the heel and foot
- Ideal for those with high arches and flat feet
- Heel support helps to support and stabilize the heel improving stability and balance through out the foot.
2x Arch Support Insoles (One for each foot).
3/4 Semi rigid plastic shell for improved support and comfort.
Active carbon fiber that helps remove odour.SizeSize: 7-11 and 3-7.For both men and women.
2x High Quality Slip on Arch Support Insoles (left and right)
One size fits all.
Strap them onto your foot, wear them everywhere.
Cushioning protection that stops shock from damaging your feet.
Motion control stops your feet from over pronating when walking or running reducing your risk of developing foot injuries.
Arch support designed to redistribute weight and pressure on the plantar fascia to prevent and treat plantar fasciitis a common overuse injury that affects one in ten people worldwide.