Flatfoot (pes planus)
What is Flatfoot (pes planus)?
Flatfoot is a condition in which the foot’s arch is flat – i.e. the whole foot touches the ground. Infants and small children usually have flat feet because their feet are not yet fully developed. Some people do not develop an arch at all. These people are flat-footed.
Flatfoot may cause congestion of the muscles of the feet, which can cause severe pain in the muscles of the foot and/or calf. Pain most often develops during the day, sometimes with swelling in the foot.
If the deformity causes debilitating pain, surgery may be necessary.Mette Fly, CEO – Align Footwear.
What causes flatfoot?
Flatfoot can be congenital and/or hereditary but may also develop due to other problems such as:
- A short Achilles tendon, resulting in congestion of the plantar tendon strokes when walking. The muscle fibres are overstretched
- Disorders of the central nervous system, such as spina bifida (meningocele) and cerebral palsy
- Tearing or weakness of tibialis posterior, one of the most important stabilizing muscles in the lower leg
- A fracture in the rear or midfoot
- Polio or rheumatoid arthritis
Treatment of flatfoot
If you have severe discomfort due to your flatfoot, surgery may be the solution. Surgery often has good results but it takes a long period, sometimes even years, of training for the patient to experience the positive effects of surgery. Flatfoot in adults is a chronic condition. Left untreated, flatfoot will gradually worsen. To prevent chronic pain, especially in older people, it is important to start treatment as soon as the condition is diagnosed. Corrective insoles help to relieve pain and prevent a worsening of the condition.
If inflammation of the tendon occurs, this can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, e.g. analgesic cream. Make sure you rest your foot.
Children and young people with flexible flat feet must use pads, which push up the heel bone in order to encourage a normal gait.
It is, however, great to know that I’m NOT the only one having better life quality and feeling wellness when using these insoles. When you do not feel pain and become tired in your body and feet when standing, walking and running, you often want to move your body and feet even further….and the more, you exercise, the better you will get! This is exactly the reason why the slogan of my company Align Footwear is as follows:”Make headway. Be kind to your feet”
– Mette Fly, CEO
How can Align Footwear® insoles help me?
Align Footwear® insoles adjust the foot into a more neutral position. Rather than place an artificial arch under the foot, Align Footwear® insoles seek to maintain the foot’s full mobility and activate the foot muscles.
In people who over-pronate, the source of the problem may seem to be the sole of the foot, but it is actually the ankle. When the ankle rolls inward, it forces the middle section of the foot and the forefoot into a sub-optimal position, adding to pronation or flat feet. The body then finds it more difficult to move forward, resulting in fatigue and biomechanical stress.
Over-pronation can affect overall posture negatively and cause undue stress on ankles, knees, hips, and back. Align Footwear® insoles improve mobility, comfort and performance. They encourage a better posture and physical adaptation in the kinetic chain, to make you improve well-being.
When the insoles coax the body into a correct natural posture, the strain of each step is more evenly distributed. Our insoles reduce the destructive shock waves running through your entire body every time your feet touch the ground. This reduces strain in your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.For optimal performance, Align Footwear® insoles have three patented points. The insoles focus on correcting heel position so that the knee, hips and shoulders are also aligned in a natural, balanced position.
Why do I wear the Align Footwear insoles in all my footwear today….
”When I was 13 years old – way back in 1980 – my doctor ordered me to lie absolutely still on the couch for 3 months! Why – you may ask?!
Well, quite simply because my back did hurt a lot due to a crooked gait based on a really flat right foot. This flat foot made me walk, run and stand wrongly and my whole body posture was influenced by this fact (what is known as “over pronation” and misalignment I found out many years later). This “lie still ordering” made me quite unhappy as I loved to play handball and volleyball and suddenly, I was not allowed to so for 90 day! I will never forget this period of my life but that was how to treat bad backs – at least for some of us – in the eighties ….as well as pain killers of course, when the pain became too unbearable.
When my best friend 4 years ago ”ordered” me to try out some new and innovative insoles on the market in my footwear, I was quite frankly a bit sceptic! But he insisted in me giving them a chance so that I could “straighten up the crooked cadaver of mine” as he so kindly did put it! I remember that I thought to myself – well, I have spent so much money and time the last 35 years on trying all kinds of artificial arch support, wedges and pads underneath my foot in order to walk correctly and avoid back pain – without any positive results at all. So I was not really motivated to trying out these new kinds of insoles – but what else to do to keep a great friendship than to obey his order!
Wearing these new insoles for two weeks resulted in a very sore arch muscle underneath my right foot – no wonder as this muscle had been ”week, lazy and sleeping” for more than 35 years as I used to place and wear an artificial support under it – however, something started happening in my body and feet by now! Many years of back pain became less for each day and my sore muscle in my arch became less sore and painful as well……. I could not believe it! The fact that a simple rubber insole in my shoes was what it should take in order to avoid pain and tiredness in my body and feet was just too overwhelming for me and I could hardly believe it! But that was exactly what to do – today I wear the Align Footwear insoles in all my footwear (ballerina shoes, boots with high heels, sneakers, pumps and in sandals with closed heels) and I’m now able to dance all night long without walking and standing like”a very old lady” the day after a party (at least it will not be due to a sore body and feet, if I feel a bit groggy the day after!).
Well – this was the story about my body and feet and how the Align Footwear insoles work for me – however, how they will work for you and your body is only you to experience! This is the reason why I have decided to offer all my customers a 60 days money back guarantee – if they do not experience a positive effect on body and feet as I did, they may return the insoles within the two months and get their money back. NOBODY should waste their money on buying my insoles – that’s a guarantee.
It is, however, great to know that I’m NOT the only one having better life quality and feeling wellness when using these insoles. When you do not feel pain and become tired in your body and feet when standing, walking and running, you often want to move your body and feet even further….and the more, you exercise, the better you will get! This is exactly the reason why the slogan of my company Align Footwear is as follows:”Make headway. Be kind to your feet”J