Flat feet (medically known as Pes Planus) is said to affect 20-30% of the population. It is the result of a collapsing of the inner-arch of the feet, or complete lack of development of the arch during the growth years of the body (often caused by genetic factors). While an individual may have the diagnosis of flat feet, the negative impacts of it can take time to surface, which includes poor balance, accelerated fatigue of the legs and pain that can affect the feet, ankles, calves, knees and lower back. This is due to the bio-mechanical relationship between one’s feet and how it impacts their walking form.
Custom Orthotics that are designed to correct Flat Feet introduce an arch to one’s feet, moving the foot into the position it would have been with a properly developed arch. Doing this encourages a positive bio-mechanical form, eliminating the negative impacts of having Flat Feet. Custom Orthotics are both corrective (will fix existing issues), but also preventative – ensuring future conditions do not surface as a result of having flat feet. Not only that, but many athletes find properly designed Custom Orthotics will improve balance during sports, and also allow them to be on their feet longer, with less fatigue.