We are often asked questions about flat feet and whether they need orthotics to support them, but there is no single answer to this. Flat feet generally refers to flexible feet that flatten when standing. Foot flexibility provides natural shock absorption and the ability to adapt to different surfaces when walking or running. Consequently muscles of the feet and lower leg often have to work harder due to this increased range of motion.
Pain-free feet with a moderate degree of flexibility generally do not require orthotics. Orthotics mainly play a role in hypermobile feet and painful feet. In cases of excessive mobility the orthotics aim to control the available range of motion reducing muscle load. Similarly orthotics aim to deflect pressure from painful areas of the feet in the case of pain or injuries. There are cases of neither pain or excess mobility that orthotics still provide necessary support and this is determined on a case by case basis.
If you are concerned about flat or painful feet call our clinic at (07) 3823 5423 to book an appointment.