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Arch Supports For Flat Feet

Part I:  The Problem With Flat Feet        To Jump To Part II: The Solution   Click Here

People with flat feet are often said to have “fallen arches”. The arch is made up of the bones of the mid-foot. The foot actually has 26 bones all connected by tendons, ligaments and muscles. To enable you to walk and run the joints of the foot all work together in a coordinated sequence. The efficient, pain-free functioning of the foot requires that all these joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons work together in a sophisticated, coordinated sequence. The arch of the foot and the joints that makeup the arch, play an important role in the proper functioning of the foot.

The heel hits the ground first when you take a step. As the middle of the foot starts to take up the load, the foot rotates toward the floor in a motion known as pronation. During pronation the arch flattens out a bit as the foot rotates toward the floor. Pronation is important because it allows the foot to absorb shock. In addition, pronation allows all the bones of the mid-foot to unlock and become like a “bag of bones”. Being a loose “bag of bones” enables the foot to adapt to uneven surfaces (uphill, downhill, rocky surface, etc.). As you go further along in the step the foot undergoes a motion known as supination. Supination is the opposite of pronation. In supination the foot rotates away from the floor and relocks all the bones of the foot to allow the foot to become rigid as you push-off from the floor and propel yourself forward.
One of the most important contributors to the proper functioning of the foot is the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that attaches from the bottom of the heel to the bones of all five toes. Tension in the plantar fascia is responsible for maintaining the shape of the arch. The plantar fascia acts like a spring. It allows the foot to pronate and unlock the bones of the foot and then the spring action allows the foot to supinate and relock the bones of the foot.
For people with flat feet the plantar fascia is like a stretched-out spring. It no longer maintains the arch and does not allow the foot to supinate and relock the bones of the foot. People with flat feet remain pronated throughout the step. This means that the foot cannot form a rigid lever arm to propel you forward. This leads to very inefficient functioning of the foot. If the foot is not able to efficiently perform its job then the lower leg has to take over the function of propelling you forward.
Flat feet can cause several problems. People with flat feet often develop heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation in the area where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel. The inflammation is caused by excessive stretching and pulling at this area of attachment. People with flat feet often experience painful, achy, and tired lower legs at the end of the day because the lower legs have to work so much harder to overcome the inefficient foot function. As a result people with flat feet often develop very bulky, large calf muscles because the calf muscles have to work so hard. People with flat feet can also develop pain in the arch are due to the excessive stretching of the tendons ligaments and muscles that try to make up for the malfunctioning plantar fascia.
Many people do not realize that flat feet can also cause problems with the knees, hips and low back. The feet really are the foundation of the body. An over-pronated foot may cause misalignment of the ankle joint. If the ankle joint is not aligned then the knee joint is not aligned. This can lead to knee pain. The rest of the body must compensate to make up for this misalignment and this causes imbalance in the muscles of the pelvis and low back. This imbalance of the pelvis and low back muscles causes hip and low back pain.
 

Part II The Solution For Flat Feet
 

Flat feet and “fallen arches” cause so many problems and so much pain for so many people. The tragedy is that many people do not realize that the solution to their problem is so simple and affordable. May people fall victim to advertising on TV and spend a lot of money on solutions such as gel pads and over-the-counter arch supports that do not correct the problem and therefore do not relieve their pain. The solution to flat feet is a custom arch support. The arch support must be rigid enough to support the arch. However is a rigid arch support does not match the exact contour of the foot or it will cause pain. That is why the arch supports you buy from TV or at the pharmacy are relatively soft. The soft arch supports will not cause pain if they do not exactly match the contour of the foot. However, although the soft arch supports will not cause pain they also will not relieve pain. The soft arch supports will not support the arch and thus will not correct the problem.
With technology available today custom arch supports do not need to be expensive. Wasting money on ineffective over-the-counter arch supports and shoe inserts is expensive. If you have flat feet and experience foot pain, knee or low back pain please do yourself a favor and get yourself the real solution, a custom arch support. We offer custom arch supports that are 100% guaranteed to relieve your pain. After the order is placed you are sent an impression kit with clear and simple instructions on how to create an impression of your feet. Included with the kit is a questionnaire which asks specific questions as to the nature of your problem. You are given Dr Davies’ direct phone number for any questions or to discuss your problem in more detail. You then send the kit and questionnaire back to us (the postage and shipping label is included so you just have to drop it off at the post office). We then make the arch supports from the impression and the information from the questionnaire. The arch supports are then sent to you with instructions on how to adjust to your new arch supports. The entire process from ordering to delivery of the arch supports generally does not take longer than two weeks. If for any reason these arch supports do not solve your problem you will be given the option for an immediate refund or we will also be happy to make any necessary adjustments. We are in the business of helping people with their foot pain and we only want happy customers. Please order your custom arch supports today. You really have nothing to lose expect your foot pain.
 



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