Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
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A Flat Foot or Pes Planus foot is when the medial longitudinal arch of the foot is lower than normal or completely collapsed. This can be a genetic predisposition or it can develop through conditions such as an adult-acquired flat foot. There is moderate level evidence that having a flat foot can accelerate the rate of arthritic change on the medial aspect of the knee.
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A study by Gross et al, 2011 showed that people with flat feet are more likely to develop changes to the cartilage of their ankles and knees. It is believed that this is the result of excessive force through the medial aspect of these joints as a result of a collapsed medial longitudinal arch of the foot. Flat feet insoles help by providing support to the medial arch of the foot and therefore shifting the distribution of force more evening in the leg.
Below, we have chosen the two insoles for flat feet that we recommend most often to our clients.
The best insoles for feet should have a moderate arch height with a semi-rigid shell to allow for shock absorption with a thin layer of cushioning on top for comfort. Ideally, they should be full length so they don’t move inside the shoe as this can cause blistering.
Comment from James: Although advertised as Plantar Fasciitis, we find they work really well for flat feet too.Buy Now
Comment from James: This is the insole we recommend most often due to its durability whereas a lot of prefabricated insoles break down very quickly.Buy Now
This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments for £45.
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