Treatment For Flat Feet
Flat feet, or “fallen arches” a common issues that can lead to pain and stop you training..…
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Treatment For Fallen Arches
Fallen arches, often referred to as flat feet are common quite common in children and adults, children usually grow out of this by around 6 years old without intervention and don’t usually need to be treated
If you are not experiencing any problems then generally you do not need to do anything, they shouldn’t stop you exercising, playing sports or being active.
Rarely are flat feet a sign of anything serious.
You may need treatment if:
Your feet are painful.
Your feet are stiff or weak.
You are experiencing numbness in your feet.
You regularly experience ankle or foot injuries.
Your feet have changed recently and become flat.
You are having problems with simple tasks such as walking or balance.
You only experience it in one foot.
If you need treatment for flat feet and your GP is concerned, he will refer you to a specialist clinic like ourself to see a physiotherapist or to a podiatrist, if the service is available in the NHS in you services he may refer to them, though waiting times can be long.
Here at Deansgate Osteopathic Clinic we can offer advice about:
What shoes to wear that are suitable for your lifestyle and activities.
Shoes need to take into account how your feet move and interact with the ground and may need to be wider, narrow or supported.
Custom orthotics be offered as a precise functional support to insert into your shoes, these improve stability, give greater comfort and reduce the risk of injury.
Exercises maybe given to mobilise, strengthen and stretch the foot to improve function.
Spinal and pelvic may need assessing, these have a large impact on how the lower limbs functions whilst alteration in lower limb issues have been known to causes back pain.
Unique to you for a better performance..
Would youlike to see how a Gait Analysis with the latest technlogy using 8000 pressure sensors sees your feet as you walk or run over the FootScan?
This exact information is just a small representation of the data available…
Images from a patient with flat feet…
The first step is to understand precisely the influence your feet are having on your body, then to understand how they are interacting with the surface, when the force is impacting and to highlight areas of high pressure.
This is a major role of orthotics is to stabilise the foot mechanics and give support through its motion, utilising the latested in material design a Phits custom orthotic is produced to allow the dynamic movement.
The images demonstrate the value and precision of a Gait Analysis that is based on science, the pressure is represented in colour and shape (second figure). As you can see the weight distribution is far greater on the right foot, this information and direct connection to the manufacturing process utilising cutting edge technology, the second image shows details of flat feet and again shows how the pressure is distributed, you can see a different pattern from left to right. 3D Print takes away the guess work of trying to make a regualr orthotic precise to your foot, it demonstrates that dynamic movement each foot requires a slightly different orthotic structure, matching this will assist in optimising performance and help reduce the risk of injury.
The recording shows how The Center of balance changes during a full gait cycle from heel contact to toe off on propulsion.
Our Phits orthotics are 3D printed at Materialise, the global leader in 3D printing, combine this with Footscan the most accurate measurement unit in the world!
Helping You Become Pain Free…
Your interaction with the ground is vital and will be significantly influenced by the biomechanics and stability of your feet. Custom fitted orthotics in golf will align and position your feet in the optimal position, restoring your posture to guide and coordinate your best swing. Coaches regularly express you build a swing ‘from the ground up’.
Custom orthotics in walking boots can assist in a more efficient stride reducing fatigue and aches, by positioning your foot into a neutral state and align your foot, ankle and knee in a straight line. Better function and support allows better absorbtion and dissipate force evenly. With a balanced and supported foot, you will be able to walk for longer in greater comfort.
When it comes to running, orthotics not only Improve gait abnormalities, they can help stabilise and improve alignment throughout the body, not just in your feet. When your feet are properly aligned as they strike the ground, it helps the rest of your lower body including legs, hips, and back, work in proper alignment, this is proven to contribute to injury prevention.