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What’s the story with your feet –are they flat?

At Happy Feet Pedorthics we see all sorts of feet – long, wide, short, skinny, high arched, neutral and flat!

 

Take a walk in the sand or walk with wet feet on dry concrete.

 

  • Compare your picture with ours as a beginning! Is your foot neutral, high arched or flat? Are both feet similar or different?
  • With the flat footedness what’s happening with the 5th toes – often the little toes can be red and calloused because with the foot in it’s natural way the toes are being forced against the outer wall of your shoes.
  • What’s happening on the plantar surface of your feet under your mid foot? Any bony prominences? Any callous build up? If you have an orthotic what is happening on your foot where the rigid edge of the orthotic pushes against your skin? Is there discomfort, redness and callous build up only this line?
  • Remembering we are all connected take a good look at your feet in the mirror – then your ankles, and then your knees? Relax, hang out and have a good look.

 

This is what we see, talk and fit shoes regularly at Happy Feet Pedorthics.

 

Some other names for flat feet are pes planus, fallen arches, pes plano valgus, excessively pronated feet, flexible flatfoot or collapsing pes valgus.

 

 

With infants and toddlers flat feet are normal as the longitudinal arch is not developed, but in adults pes planus is a common condition where more of the foot surface is in contact with ground surface than normal due to a decreased or absent longitudinal arch.

 

People who come to Happy Feet Pedorthics with flat feet talk about the flattening of their foot arches, which may be the contributing factor to pain in their feet and/or legs, which are also making shoe fitting very difficult and then the shoes are wearing out quickly on the medial side of the sole and heel.

 

 

What we see with the feet is a lack of arches, abnormal pronation with weight bearing, eversion of the rear foot, forefoot abduction, and ankle equinus due to a tight Achilles tendon, and at times bunions, hallux valgus and other toe deformities.

 

So for some Pedorthic solutions! At Happy Fee Pedorthics the first aim would be properly fitting shoes with a firm extended medial heel counter and then consideration of:

 

  • Medial wedging be it internal or externally as a sole modification
  • Medial arch supports
  • Thomas heels
  • Medial stabilizers as a flare or buttress
  • Relasting the shoe making it wider at the midfoot
  • Reinforced counters
  • Orthoses – functional or accommodative

 

This is what we see, talk and fit shoes regularly at Happy Feet Pedorthics.

 

Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU

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