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Insoles For Flat Feet

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Last updated: 19/11/2023


by James McCormack

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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. They should always be placed inside Flat Feet Shoes.

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Do insoles work for flat feet?

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.

Best Insoles For Flat Feet

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.

Dr Scholl’s Insoles for Flat Feet

  • Full length and cushioned
  • Moderate reinforce arch height
  • Shock Absorbing Sole

Comment from James: Although advertised as Plantar Fasciitis, we find they work really well for flat feet too.

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picture of Scholls Insoles for Flat Feet

picture of insoles for flat feet

WalkHero Inserts For Flat Feet

  • Deep Heel Cup for added ankle stability
  • Created with EVA which provides stability to the arch but is very lightweight
  • Good cushioning for all-day wearing

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.

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This article is written by James McCormack, a Lower Limb Specialist who is an expert in treating foot pain.

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack if you are experiencing any of the symptoms discussed in this article. James offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly and face-to-face appointments in his London clinic.

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