Are your flat feet causing you aches and pains in your feet when you are on your feet for long periods? 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 flat feet. 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 to your feet.

The most common injury that can be caused by having flat feet and excessive pronation is plantar fasciitis 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 protect your foot from 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. 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.

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 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.

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.

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 feet 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 feet. Excessive Supination can especially affect the toes and forefoot and cause injuries such as metatarsalgia and bunions to develop.

How insoles work

Insoles are designed to help those with flat feet by supporting the arch of the feet and preventing the foot from pronating too much 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. 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 damaging your feet and heel. Insoles will also utilize heel cup technology that will help to prevent damaging pressure from building up underneath your feet and heels by spreading this pressure evenly across your whole foot. Although wearing insoles will not cure your flat feet wearing insoles will help to prevent foot pain and aches caused by having flat feet.

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 ull refund. This means when you buy from us you have nothing to loose

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