Flexible flatfoot is a condition in which the middle curve of the foot (the arch) is visible only when there is no weight placed on the feet.
With weight on the feet, the arch lowers and painful symptoms develop in the feet, knee, hip or back, forcing you to walk slowly.
A survey was conducted among 15 foot experts from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to better understand when, how and why foot orthotics need to be recommended for children with this condition.
It was found that foot orthotics were most likely to be suggested if the child had foot pain, lower leg pain, reduced activity and a severe foot posture problem.
An interesting finding from the survey was that the age or weight of the child did not matter while deciding on whether to use foot orthotics or not.
The foot experts preferred using ready-to-wear insoles over customised insoles for managing flexible flat feet in children.
These insoles were used with the aim of reducing symptoms and fatigue, improving movement, balance, stability, comfort, coordination, stamina and endurance.
Some of the features the foot experts looked for in the insoles were a good fit, increased comfort, availability of sizes and a strong material that can provide adequate control.
The experts agreed that in case the ready-to-wear insoles were not able to provide proper support to the child, they’d recommend custom made orthotics instead.
The study also listed out other forms of treatment that can be suggested for flexible flat feet such as strengthening and stretching exercises, changing footwear and modifying activity.
To read the full study, please click here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5907774/
MASS4D® Insoles have been produced with the right blend of flexibility and strength that is needed for treating flat feet. The supportive force provided by these insoles helps to optimise the function of the arches while promoting normal foot movement patterns.
This protects the feet from developing painful foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions and Morton’s neuroma.