Do you feel that you constantly have to change your shoes because they don’t fit properly? Or, perhaps they wear in an unusual way? Or, maybe just shopping for shoes is a huge challenge for you?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those questions, you may be suffering from hyperpronation – or flat feet deformity. You may look at your feet and notice a nice arch, but can relate to the symptoms mentioned above. So what’s the deal? Hyperpronation – or flattening of the arch – is a phenomenon that is only noticed and pertinent when one is ambulatory and weight bearing. Looking at your arch – or, lack there of – in a standing position will reveal the true mechanics of your foot.
Pronation is a normal movement of joints within the foot that actually help in locomotion and shock absorptions. But, hyperpronation is abnormal and can cause many undesirable symptoms for the patient. Hyperpronation – or, flattening of the arch or simply “flat feet” – causes excess instability in the foot. This in turn can cause other deformities, ailments and pain.
If you suffer from “flat feet,” you may have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Arch pain and arch fatigue
- Plantar fascitis and heel pain
- Bunion deformity
- Foot & ankle tendonitis
- Overuse injuries
- Foot, ankle, knee, and/or lower back pain
One of the easiest ways to address “flat foot syndrome” is with an arch support. A custom orthotic will provide functional support and brings back the stability in your foot. Once you have been fitted and obtain your pair of custom orthotics that have been designed specifically for you and your needs, you can then use those in many different shoes for better ambulation, performance and endurance. Custom orthoics can fit inside sneakers, running shoes, cleats, and even some dress shoes. Contact our office for more information.
-Posted by Farshad Bathaee, DPM