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Flat Feet

Flat feet is a condition in which the foot doesn't have a normal arch. It may affect one foot or both feet. Most people have a gap between the inner side of the foot and the ground when they are standing. This is referred to as an "arch". Feet that have a low arch or no arch at all are referred to as flat feet or fallen arches. On standing the patient will have a flat arch and the foot may roll over to the inner aspect.

The symptoms vary depending on the severity of the condition. Individuals may experience corns, hard skin under the sole of the foot. The arch area may be tender and shoes will tend to wear out quickly. In severe cases the patient may experience calf, knee and hip pain.

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  • It may be hereditary, i.e passed on through generations.
  • In most cases it is caused through a biomechanical complaint (abnormal walking) such as Fore Foot Varus. This is a condition in which the subtaler joint in the foot over pronates (rolls in too much).
  • A ruptured tendon (tibilias posterior) can lead to a flat foot.
  • Cerebral palsy, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy can also lead to a flat foot condition.


  • Wear wide fitting shoes.
  • Do not try to treat the secondary lesion (i.e. corns) yourself.
  • Purchase high quality insoles/ orthotics to take pressure and pain away from the arch.


Flat feet insoles have been used for years to help people with flat feet. Traditionally when we think of insoles or orthotics we think of a hard plastic insert that is placed in the shoe. It cups the heel and supports the arch but because it is not flexible it does not extend the full length of the foot. This tends to make this type of orthotic uncomfortable, and ineffective for many people.

It also repositions the arch using "brute force." Because it is not flexible it forces the arch into it's correct position but does nothing to relieve the pressure that is forcing the arch to collapse, causing flat feet, in the first place. This type of hard plastic orthotic can actually cause increased pain in flat feet patients, which is the reason why we have recommended the flexible Insoles for the treatment of flat feet. They provide a flexible yet incredibly supportive and stable treatment for flat feet.

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Dr Foot's Insoles work wonders on problem-prone feet. These Insoles are biomechanically engineered to help relieve flat feet. The contoured shape supports your feet in two directions, both lengthwise and across the arch, for maximum relief of pain and fatigue. The special poron heel cushion and the comfortable arch support helps to reduce shock absorption and fatigue. Dr Foot's Work Insoles are engineered to combat over pronation and provide greater stability and maximum support. It is ideal for patients seeking arch support for prevention and treatment of flat feet and general arch pain.

Treatment Options for Flat Feet

Dr Foot's Sport Insoles
Dr Foot's Sport Insoles
Treat the underlying cause of flat feet

pro insoles
Dr Foot Pro Insoles 3/4
Orthotics for daily use to treat an flat feet

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Dr Foot Orthotic Sandals
Built in arch support for indoor and outdoor use

work insoles

Dr Foot's Work Insoles
Comfortable flat feet work insoles

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