Flat feet is a term many heard of but not all suffers from such condition, it occurs in about 10 to 20% of the population. However, in our Singapore context, there have been an increase in ligament flexibility and flat feet occurs in 1 out of 5 Singaporeans.
This condition can clearly be seen when someone is standing and their foot does not have the normal arch. This means that the inside of the feet is flat down where the entire sole of the feet is touching the ground. Due to the nature of this flat feet condition, it is high likely to cause pain and problem to the foot, ankle, knees, leg and at times it causes back pain. This pain and problems occur because there is insufficient or lack of support of the body weight when they are standing, walking or running.
The severity of flat feet differs to different individuals, but all of them are not able to keep their body as stable as others with normal feet arch. Having the lack of stability for the body will affect the muscles, which increases the risk of developing severe muscle strain to the muscles. The body will eventually try to adapt to the foot’s lack of support to do the normal day to day activities, but overtime, as the intensity of the activity increase, this will also increase the amount of stress to the muscles causing significant pain and muscle strain.
Normal feet are designed to keep our lower back properly inline when we stand, walk or run. However, for individuals with flat feet problems, their inner foot are more inclined towards the ground, forcing the lower legs to rotate inwards causing unhealthy posture. This inwards rotation can affect the entire leg, hips and if prolong will cause back pain. This can all be avoid with special shoes and orthotics.
There are many over-the-counter orthotics inserts that may help relieve foot pain and problems, but they are not custom-designed according to the individual foot. Having a custom made insoles crafted to solve your foot pain and problems is highly recommended as detailed analysis will be carried out to design the custom made insole for you.
The most reliable solution to help individuals with flat feet is actually the use of custom made insoles. There are countless research and development process these custom made insoles went through and many proven to help treat and manage flat feet condition. Using custom made insoles can help to strengthen the foot, help to align the body properly and reduce the pain and muscle strain.
It is highly recommended to consult a doctor for your flat feet problem. These varies from patient to patient but most of the time, they will be advised to have custom made insoles design and craft for you. These custom made insoles will be placed inside your shoes to help with your body alignment. Custom made insoles or custom orthotics helps to reduce abnormal movements on your foot and lessen the pain and prevent future problems.