Auteur: Podiatre Montreal
People with flat feet often have great difficulty getting a pair of orthotics that supports their flat feet, eliminates pain and is comfortable. On this page, you’ll learn how orthotics should be made to provide relief for those with flat feet and why it’s so difficult to find a doctor who knows how to make them properly. We are experts in designing orthotics for even the flattest feet. If you have a flat foot, make an appointment and come see us for a complete examination at Montreal Podiatric Clinic.
Why is it so difficult to get good orthotics for flat feet?
Any orthosis for flat feet must not only support the arch of the foot, but also be very comfortable. This is where problems usually occur. When the feet flatten too much, the tension under the feet increases. When an orthosis is placed under such feet, the excessive tension can press so hard against them and cause pain. Much of the pain occurs because the orthoses are often too narrow and, as a result, the inner edge of the orthosis leans incredibly hard against the foot.
Since many people with flat feet complained of discomfort, doctors and manufacturers began to make orthotics that were less hollow or more flexible so that they did not press as hard against the foot. These orthotics are more comfortable, but do not provide enough support to eliminate the pain caused by the flat foot.
How should orthotics be made for people with flat feet?
More recent studies and technologies to treat flat feet have demonstrated how orthotics should be made for people with flat feet. The goal is to provide excellent support while maintaining comfort. To do this, the orthosis must be made in a very precise manner :
- The orthosis must be wide enough so that the foot does not protrude beyond the inner edge of the orthosis. We often have to prescribe a pad for hallux valgus. This causes the orthosis to wrap around the inner arch of the foot. This distributes the weight over a much larger area, which reduces the pressure on the foot while increasing the level of support. This also prevents the patient from resting on the inner edge of the orthosis.
- The orthosis must adhere very well to the arch of the foot. This is why most orthoses do not provide adequate support for flat feet. When the orthosis moves away from the arch of the foot a little, the space allows the foot to flatten out further since it does not provide adequate support. Only orthoses that adhere strongly to your arch can effectively support flat feet. These are called “high-adhesion orthoses”.
If you need orthotics and you have flat feet, you need to make sure they are done properly. Otherwise, you will end up with a pair of foot orthotics that supports the feet but is not comfortable or a pair of orthotics that is comfortable but does not support the feet. To make sure you get the right type of brace, make an appointment today and come see us.
Why are so many foot orthotics poorly made for flat feet?
Unfortunately, orthopedic treatment is not regulated as it should be. Many physicians (and other practitioners) prescribe orthotics when they are not well trained in the field of orthopaedic therapy and many of those who are well trained are not aware of the latest research.
What are the best over-the-counter foot supports for flat feet?
It is indeed very difficult to control very flat feet with over-the-counter orthotics. They simply do not provide enough support for severely flat feet. The best type of prefabricated orthotic is medical grade. Unfortunately, even this type of orthosis is generally not effective for people with flat feet. The truth is that people with flat feet simply require more support than what is offered with a prefabricated brace. Only custom-made orthotics are likely to provide appropriate support and relief; and even then, only if they are made correctly.
Flat feet can cause many types of foot, leg and knee pain (even back and hip pain). Most of this pain can be relieved by using appropriate orthotics. If you plan to purchase orthotics, you should make sure your doctor is aware of the best techniques for making orthotics to treat flat feet. It is best to find a podiatrist who specializes in orthopedic treatment. Ask this Podiatrist how he or she makes orthotics for flat feet and make sure they make them as described in this article. Consider seeking a second opinion before investing in a pair of orthotics. If you are in the Montreal area, have your flat feet examined at Montreal Podiatric Clinic. We offer orthopedic treatments and will ensure that your orthotics are both effective and comfortable.2021