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Flat-Feet Having flat feet or collapsed arches refers to the condition wherein the sole of the foot can be partially or totally touching the ground because of flattened arch.

If you have flat feet or collapsed arches, your foot will excessively roll over to the inner side (over pronation) during walking or running. This can put too much pressure on your muscles and ligaments and may cause pain to different areas of the body:

  • Ankle
  • Arch of the foot
  • Calf
  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Back

Lightfeet insoles help maintain the arch of the foot. It realigns the leg to avoid further damage to the muscles and ligaments of the lower limb.

What are Flat Feet/Collapsed Arches?

Flat feet or Collapsed Arches is a condition wherein the arch on the underside of your feet is flattened, and the soles of the feet come in near or complete contact with the ground. It can affect one or both feet of an individual.

Flat feet are common among babies because their arches have not yet fully developed, and their feet contain fats that mask the emerging arches. Flat feet in adults can be due to varying conditions.

What causes Flat Feet/Collapsed Arches?

  • It is an abnormality that can developed inside the womb or passed on to offspring
  • Medical conditions affecting the joints, such as: arthritis, gout, and other injuries
  • Medical conditions affecting the nervous system, such as: spina bifida, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy
  • Common among women over 40 years old
  • Obesity
  • Wearing inappropriate shoes (high heels)
  • Walking or standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Other medical conditions: diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Rupture of tendons or ligaments
  • Biomechanical abnormalities of the foot that may cause the arch to collapse

Treatment for Flat Feet/Collapsed Arches

  • No treatment is needed if it does not cause any significant pain
  • Wear shoes that fit properly or supportive shoes that are wider than normal
  • Pain killers to relieve pain.
  • Surgery may be required for rare cases, especially to children who are born with deformities
  • Special insoles to prevent the inward rolling of the foot

There are wide varieties of Orthotics that can be used by people with flat feet or collapsed arches. Orthotics stops the excessive rolling of the foot while walking or running.

Flat feet can eventually cause pain to different parts of the body, especially in the lower limb. Aside from that, it can cause other debilitating conditions, such as: plantar fasciitis, shin splints, corns and callouses.

Lightfeet insoles are strongly recommended to people suffering from flat feet or collapsed arches. There are available variants for children to facilitate the proper development of normal arches.

Lightfeet design features help to re-align the foot to reduce injury and pain.