Do you have flat feet? Do you find that your feet hurt if you stand for long periods? Do you get pain in your arches when running? If you do then a pair of flat feet insoles can be worn to help take the strain off your feet and stop this from happening.
If you have flat feet it means when you are standing the arch of the completely touches the ground. Most people who have flat feet are born with them and is caused by genetics, however you can develop flat feet through injury or from being obese with can cause the muscles supporting the arch of the feet to weaken and the your arches to becomes fallen. It is estimated that 30% of the population suffer from this condition. One of the most common biomechanical imbalances that can occur if you have flat feet is excessive. Pronation is a very important part of the gait cycle and is needed to shift weight from your heel to your toes as you walk. One way that you can tell if you have flat feet is to wet your feet slightly and stand on a piece of paper to create a foot print, if the foot print does not have any indention in it then chances are is that you have flat feet. Having flat feet does not cause foot pain or injury but it can make you more susceptible to biomechanical imbalances which can damage and cause injury if you are not careful.
There are two different stages during the gait cycle where the foot needs to pronate, when the foot lands on the ground and when the foot pushes off. Pronation is designed to help support and protect your feet, however excessive pronation can cause damage and strain on the ligaments and and tendons in your feet particularly the plantar fascia. Pronation is the inward movement of your foot and required to help the stability of your foot as your foot hits the ground during the gait cycle. The foot will roll inward around 15% to help absorb shock, adapt the foot to the contour of the ground and helping the preparing the foot for the push off phase of the gait cycle. Supination is when the foot rolls outward movement and is required to help push your foot off the ground during the push off phase of the gait cycle. There are two common forms of excessive pronation which are over pronation and supination. Over pronation is when the foot rolls inwards and excessive amount during the gait cycle. This can lead to excessive strain on your foott and lower limbs. Over pronation can cause a number of over use injuries such as Plantar fasciitis,Anterior compartment syndrome, Shin splints, Patello-femoral pain syndrome, Tarsal tunnel syndrome, Bunions (Hallux valgus) Achilles tendonitis. Excessive supination (also referred to as under pronation) is when the foot rolls outward an excessive amount during the push of phase of the gait cycle as the heel pushes off from the ground and your toes and forefoot are used to propels you forward. Supination like over pronation can cause excessive load on key ligaments of the foot. Excessive Supination can especially affect the toes and forefoot and cause injuries such as metatarsalgia and bunions to develop.
The most common injury that can be caused by having flat feet and excessive pronation is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a very common injury and it is thought that in in 10 people with get plantar fasciitis at some point in their lifetime. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that affects the plantar fascia ligament. The plantar fascia ligament is the most important ligament in your foot and helps to support the arch and protects against shock as you walk. If the arch of the foot is put under too much pressure or strain the plantar fascia can become damaged and inflamed, when this occur it is called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can cause mild to sever pain on the arch and heel of the foot. Due to the slow cellular healing of the plantar fascia cells it means that plantar fasciitis can take a long time to fully heal. If left untreated plantar fasciitis can worsen and can become chronic. If you have flat feet you are more susceptible to plantar fasciitis due to the way your feet put more pressure on your arch and plantar fascia ligament when you walk due to excessive pronation.
How insoles work
Insoles are designed to help those with flat feet by supporting the arch of your foot and preventing excessive pronation during the gait cycle. Insoles help to correct the biomechanics of your foot using orthotic technology that repositions your feet to a position that is more natural and places less strain on your feet. Arch support insoles help to take strain off your arches which in turn helps to prevent and treat common foot injuries such as plantar fasciitis. Having flat feet can inhibit your foot ability to absorb shock when you walk or run this can over time cause damage to your feet resulting in foot and heel pain.
Wearing insoles made from shock absorbing materials will help to deplete shock and stop this shock from causing damage to your lower limbs. Insoles will also utilize heel cup technology that will help to prevent damaging pressure from building up underneath your foot and heels by spreading this pressure evenly across your whole foot instead. Although wearing insoles will not cure your flat feet wearing insoles will help to prevent foot pain and aches caused by having this condition. It is advised to also make sure that you wear properly fitted shoes with adequate support and to do warm up and stretch your feet and lower limbs properly before running on top of wearing insoles for the best effect.
Here at Shoewawa we have a range of the very best insoles for flat feet. Below with have hand picked a selection of insoles that will help make you feel more comfortable in your shoes and help to support and protect your flat feet. All of our insoles come with a full 30 day money back guarantee, so if you are not 100% satisfied with your new insoles for whatever reason you can simply send them back to us within 30 days of receiving your order and we promise to give you a full refund. This means when you buy from us you have nothing to loose! Remember, If you are unsure which insoels are right for you or have any questions about our insoles then please feel free to head on over to our forum or our contact us page to get some answers as we are always happy to help.
Best hand picked insoles for flat feet
Arch support insoles by Footreviver
These insoles are perfect if you have flat feet and want to give them a little bit of extra protection and support to stop yourself from getting plantar fasciitis. They feature rigid arch support that helps to take as much strain as possible of the plantar fascia ligament. Orthotic compression technology added to these insoles have been designed to help stop your feet from pronating too much during the gait cycle making them perfect for preventing and treating over use injuries such as plantar fascitiis. With added shock absorbing memory foam layer that helps to protect the sole and heel of your foot from damaging shock that occur when you walk. By cupping around your foot and heel stabilizing it These insoles will also help to stabilize your heel and and prevent heel instability and ankle problems with can cause injury to your foot and lower limbs.
Perfect for runners and athletes who have flat feet and put their feet through a lot of pressure and shock.
Light weight and can be quickly fitted into just about any type of shoes you can think of!
Rigid arch support makes sure strain doesn’t damage your plantar fascia and keep your foot in a more natural and safe position when you walk.
Orthotic compression ensure your feet do not over pronate or supinate when you walk and help to boost blood flow to your feet aiding with the healing process.
Made to b breathable and from odour eating material that prevent the build up of bacteria helping to keep your feet feeling super fresh all day long.
Heel cup technology gives your feet and ankle more stability and helps to spread pressure underneath your heal stopping pressure from harming your feet.
2. Running insoles by Footreviver
If you are a runner and you have flat feet then you have a lot higher chance of developing over use injuries such as plantar fasciitis. This is because the level of strain and stress on your arches is a lot greater than it is for the average runner. These running insoles by Footreviver have been designed for runners to help give your arches greater support and protection when you run. These insoles use a range of different technologies such that keep strain off your arches and reduce pressure off the plantar fascia reducing your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. If you already have plantar fasciitis or a foot injury the ligaments and supporting muscles in your feet maybe weakened and unable to function properly. These insoles help to get you back on your feet by supporting and restrengthening these ligaments and muscles and will also help to stop shock and pressure from causing further damage to your feet helping you to recovery more quickly.
Inbuilt arch support helps to take strain off key parts of your foot helping to prevent and treat common foot injuries associated with having flat feet.
Orthotic compression helps to reposition your foots position and stop your foot from overr pronating when walking or running.
Memory foam layer helps to spread pressure and give your feet a custom level of support and protection.
Lightweight and ideal for running shoes
Breathable design helps keep your feet dry and sweat free.
Excellent shock absorption helps to protect your feet from shock when running or playing high impact sports.
If you have flat feet or plantar fasciitis then you will find releif from wearing a pair of these insoles and are a must buy!