How To Strengthen Flat Feet
Having flat feet or no arches when the feet are holding the body's weight is a common problem with potentially serious side effects. In this video, several different solutions are discussed, including various arch support systems that are available for alleviating the issue.
Hello, I'm Charles Goldman, a qualified chiropodist podiatrist. I run the Foot Pad Chiropody and Physical Therapy clinic in Holborn, Central London. Today, I'm going to talk to you about various foot problems and treatment.
In this video, we're going to discuss the treatment of flat feet, or pes planus. There are two types of flat feet. One is congenital structural, where you are born with undeveloped arches.
Two is functional flat feet, where you have an arch at rest, but as soon as you put the weight-bearing, the foot flattens and the arch collapses. You cannot cure these problems, but you can aid them with the use of arch supports. This raises the arch and stops the foot flattening.
This treatment is the same for both types of flat feet. This is the initial treatment, and involves either chair-side orthotics, which are heat moldable, which can be done on the spot, or prescription orthotics, where a cast is taken of your foot and sent to a lab, and made of particularly hard materials like carbon fiber or plastics. And these will stop your foot from turning in, or pronating.
This involves careful measurement of the foot and angles of the foot during motion, what we call gait analysis, and this cannot be done by yourself or the pharmacist, and over the counter products are only a temporary measure. You can buy orthotics over the counter to try, but I generally don't recommend because they won't be a perfect fit. The fit of the orthotic has to match your foot, and this is when you need to seek advice from a podiatrist.
Some of the side effects of flat feet are knee pain, hip pain, and lower back pain, because this causes rotation of the tibia and turning in of the knees and the hips. If you don't correct your flat-footed problem, it can affect your activity. If you are involved in running, particularly sprinting, it can reduce your efficiency and slow you down.
And this has been proved by testing athletes, with and without orthotics and found it can affect them significantly. So it is worth seeking advice, and trying to correct the problem. And this is what I recommend for flat feet. .