Can foot insoles help with flat feet, high arches, and other foot ailments?
Foot deformities are more common than you think. They not only cause symptoms in the feet, but they can also lead to skeletal misalignment causing problems in the hips, back, or knees. One-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet. Our feet are also comprised of 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. On average, they take about 5,000 steps every day. One in five people will experience some sort of foot pain or ailment in their lifetime. We have solutions for them.
Flat feet is a common problem affecting over 20% of the population. Most have lived with flat feet most of their lives although many have acquired the condition from fallen arches in one or both of their feet. This ailment can be painful and reduces the flexibility of the foot therefor impacting one’s gait and balance.
The opposite of flat feet is high arches which also can be painful as one’s body weight is distributed though out a smaller surface area one the foot. Conditions such as Metatarsalgia and Hammer Toes can occur due to the foot structure form high arches. Plantar Fasciitis is when the tendon that extends from the heel to the toes becomes inflamed or strained due to the consistent push-off and load in the fore front of the foot. Pain from Plantar Fasciitis can be dull or a sharp pain usually in the heel area.
Many times, the use of foot inserts or insoles when fit properly can be used as an effective treatment to relieve pain associated with flat feet, high arches and other foot ailments. More severe scenarios may require use of specialized bracing, anti-inflammatory medication, and possibly surgery.
How do foot insoles help with flat feet or high arches?
Foot insoles provide a firm structure under the foot to support even the thinnest rise of the arch. This helps provide stability and balance while relieving pain. Depending on the product selection, some insoles provide additional cushion to absorb the impact of walking or strenuous activities. Similarly, insoles for high arches provide the necessary base structure to help with balance and body alignment. Products for high arch conditions help distribute body weight throughout the entire foot providing comfort and relief.
Do foot insoles help with treatment for plantar fasciitis?
The use of foot insoles or orthotics can help supplement the treatment of your healthcare provider. The insole can help develop the proper mechanics of the foot while providing some off-loading relief to prevent further tension on the injured tendon. When accompanied with the reduction in vigorous activity, physical, and cold therapy the symptoms can be relieved over time.