Sunken forefoot (pes planus transversus)
A normal forefoot has a lateral arch. If you are flat-footed, the arch is too flat. If the arch is weak, the forefoot tends to flatten and you run the risk that of your full body weight pressing on the muscles and nerves on the bottom of your feet.Mette Fly, CEO – Align Footwear.
What are the causes of this condition?
In most cases, a sunken forefoot develops due to tight, too small and otherwise inappropriate footwear that alters the natural pressure on the bones in the foot. If your toes are often forced into the same position as “hammer toes” , there is a risk that you will develop a sunken forefoot.
Other causes of sunken forefoot:
- Damage to the muscles of the foot
- A stiff big toe
- Toe or foot surgery
Symptoms of a sunken forefoot
Before the pain gets really bad, the most common symptoms of a sunken forefoot are numbness in the foot, or the feeling of the foot is asleep. Other symptoms may include a feeling of walking on a pesky pillow, or that one’s bones are pressed directly against the ground. Although it is not so simple, these symptoms mentioned most often appear combined an inappropriate stance
Treatment of and insoles for a sunken forefoot?
In many cases, a physiotherapist, doctor or foot specialist will recommend exercises to strengthen and exercise a sunken forefoot. Treatment requires patience. You will need to exercise for a long time before you begin to see a result.
Exercises are always a good idea. However, wearing insoles in your shoes can relieve pain and symptoms within a few short weeks – and you do not have to give up on normal activities. An insole can positively help to eliminate the mechanical and physical strain caused by a sunken forefoot.
It is often difficult to treat a sunken forefoot. In many cases, it is a difficult condition to cure once it has developed.
- Exercises to relieve a sunken forefoot
- Insoles specially designed for a sunken forefoot
- Massage techniques
- Orthopaedic footwear for a sunken forefoot
If you have a painful foot due to a forefoot that has wholly or partially collapsed, you are advised to seek medical help. A physiotherapist can establish the cause of the problem. If you are not experienced in treating forefoot conditions, it may be difficult to make the correct choice of treatment.
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
What can Align Footwear® do for you?
Align Footwear® insoles may help when having a sunken forefoot (pes planus transversus). A sunken forefoot is caused by the ligament and muscle on the forefoot and toes becoming weak and flattened. This can occur if the ligament and muscle are not exercised and strengthened. We choose not to place an artificial support under the forefoot, e.g. a forefoot compression pad. This was a common solution in the past. To our way of thinking, insoles should be designed to control the ankle, optimise physical potential and give all the muscles under our feet room to move as nature intended.
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