Flat Feet Arch Support

What Causes Flat Feet?

Flat feet can be an issue for many people through their lives. It’s a painful foot condition that’s also called “fallen arches”. But how is it caused?

The arch on a person’s foot is created by the ligaments and tendons between foot bones to better support a person’s weight when they stand erect. 

Foot Diagram
Diagram of a human foot

For most people, their foot arches develop throughout childhood and they live pain free for most of their life. Others, however, never fully develop foot arches and a percentage of those go one to experience significant pain on their feet. 

Arches can also fall over time. Years of wear and tear, obesity and illness can weaken the tendon that runs along the inside of your ankle, and thus weaken your arches. This is especially more common for women in their 40s and beyond.

Symptoms of Fallen Arches

Flat feet and arch pain often go hand in hand. Flat feet occur when the arches of your feet collapse, causing the entire sole of your foot to touch the ground. This can lead to pain in the arch, heel, and ankle, as well as fatigue in your legs. That pain may worsen with activity. Swelling along the inside of the ankle can also occur.

Oddly, fallen arches can also lead to other injuries like back, leg and knee pain since a person no longer balances correctly on two feet. 

flat feet family.
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Treatment for Flat Feet

If your flat feet are painful, your doctor might suggest:

  • Custom orthotics (Arch Support). Over-the-counter arch supports may help relieve the pain caused by flat feet. Or your medical provider can prescribe custom-designed orthotics that are molded to the contours of your feet. Arch supports won’t cure flat feet, but they can often reduce pain.
  • Stretching Exercises. Some people with flat feet also have a shortened Achilles Tendon. Exercises to stretch this tendon may help reduce inflammation and thus pain.
  • Supportive Shoes. A structurally supportive shoe might be more comfortable than sandals or shoes with minimal support.
  • Physical Therapy. Flat feet may contribute to overuse injuries in some runners. A physical therapist can do a video analysis of how you run to help you improve your form and technique and minimize injury.

How Orthotics can Help 

We can mold custom orthotics specifically to your feet to support your specific foot issues. This helps speed your return to normal activity. Foot Dynamics also carries a wide selection of comfort shoes.  

Our goal is to remove your foot pain and get you back to the activities you love. 



Foot Dynamics is Here for You

Foot Dynamics has licensed pedorthists on staff and available for appointment Monday through Friday. We can diagnose foot issues and provide you with the right foot solutions, whether it’s custom footwear, orthotics, corrective devices, or just excellent advice. Foot Dynamics is here to serve you.

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