|Flat feet, also known as fallen arches or pes planus, affect 20-30% of the population. Symptoms include little to no arch visible and present, as well as some or all of the arch-region of the foot coming into contact with the ground when walking.
Most children are born with flat feet; arches are something that develop with age. It also goes the other way -- as you age, your feet can naturally become flat (especially in women over the age of 40).
The good news for this large segment of the population is that their flat feet are asymptomatic, meaning they do not cause pain or result in inflammation. Typically, a person with flat feet is unbothered by them on a daily basis. But for some … flat feet can be extremely painful to the point where walking is difficult.It is generally accepted amongst podiatrists that flat feet causes overpronation of the foot in which the foot rolls inward because the weight of the body is not properly distributed across the foot.
This can cause problems for flat-footed people who work on their feet or are athletic. Most runners and athletes suffering from flat feet will likely develop painful problems in the sole of the foot (i.e. plantar fasciitis) as well as pain throughout the legs and the knees (i.e. shin splints).
If you are an athlete or runner, or if you’re on your feet a lot, you will need arch supports that also keep your feet straight (not over pronating or supinating). Check out our great arch support products, made specifically for low to no arches on Best Insoles.
You may be interested in these products to help with flat feet:
Spenco Thinsole Othotic Full Length