Do flat feet leave you flat out?

Do flat feet leave you flat out?

Do you have flat feet?  And do your flat feet hurt?  Did you know that there are shoes designed specifically for flat feet?  Motion control shoes were developed to stop the foot from pronating. Pronating is basically when the foot falls flat or the arch collapses.  Traditionally, the thought was that the best way to correct this would be to insert an arch support into your shoe. However, it’s not necessarily your arch that is causing the problem. A vast majority of foot problems result from a pronated flat foot.

Orthotics and Flat Feet

You’ve all seen the advertisements for over-the-counter arch supports.  Simply step on the automated device and your recommendation for an over-the-counter arch support is provided.  One would think it’s that easy.  Not so, according to Dr. Mark Green, podiatrist in south Kansas City.  Over-the-counter arch supports provide extra cushioning and can alleviate some pain. However, they are not getting to the root of your individual problem.   A custom functional orthotic is made to hold your foot in its unique neutral position. Over-the-counter arch supports are not molded with your foot in it’s most stable and neutral position.  Over-the-counter orthotics are a one-size-fits-all solution.  This solution will likely lead you to more problems in the future since we all don’t have the same feet.  At Kansas City Foot and Ankle, our podiatrists will perform a biomechanical evaluation to determine how your foot should function.

Motion Controlled Shoes

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that stability is an important factor in running shoes even for a neutral foot.   It goes on to note that neutral and pronated foot types experienced higher levels of pain running in motion controlled shoes. This can be attributed to the fact that these shoes are bulky and heavier than the average running shoe.  Interestingly, an earlier study published by the same journal suggests women who pronated over 6 degrees experienced less knee pain while wearing a motion control shoe as it was found to stabilize the quadriceps.  So are these shoes causing or relieving pain?

These studies both lack an understanding for the underlying cause of the participant’s pronation.  If you pronate, motion control shoes may provide relief when walking or even running; but only if your foot fits that shoe company’s pronatory mold. The only way to truly know is to try them on. When trying on shoes, they should never hurt. Don’t leave thinking “Oh, I’ll break them in”.

If your flat fleet hurt, it’s time to call Kansas City Foot and Ankle!

Call Kansas City Foot and Ankle for a thorough evaluation and to see if custom-molded orthotics and/or motion controlled shoes are the right solution for you.  You can alleviate pain starting right now, so make an appointment at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.  Don’t just step on an automated over-the-counter arch support evaluation machine.  Come to a place where we get to know you and your feet.  Your feet matter to us so make an appointment today.