Flat Foot, Flat Feet, Collapsed Arches, Fallen Arches and How They Affect Foot Health

Most people with flat feet have a condition that is referred to as a flexible flat foot. This is caused by  excessive or over pronation (rolling in) due to a mechanical misalignment of the foot. This is a very destructive position for the foot to function in and can cause a wide variety of foot, leg and lower back conditions. 

Appearance of Flat Feet

The appearance of flat feet may vary from foot to foot. Generally there is a collapse of the medial (inside/middle) long arch of the foot. This may occur mildly where the arch height drops slightly or can be a large movement that results in the entire length of the arch resting on the ground. The twisting and misalignment of the foot that occurs with arch collapse cause excessive wear and tear on the foot and eventually pain. 

Location of pain in the achilles tendon Diagram of a flat foot from the side 
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Pains and Symptoms of Flat Feet
Flat feet can lead to a number of foot and lower limb symptoms, this is largely due to the inefficient position the foot is placed in when it over pronates (rolls in). Some common pains associated with flexible flat foot include;

Causes of Flat Feet

  • There is a strong genetic predisposition for flat feet
  • Mechanical abnormality of the foot – there are a number of alignment problems that can cause the arches of the foot to collapse.
  • Tendon or Ligament Rupture – when the tendons or ligaments of the foot that are responsible for maintaining the arch are ruptured or stretched, arch collapse is usually the result.

Treatment of Flat Feet

Orthotic Innersoles (Docpods) to maintain the arch of the foot
Wearing supportive well fitted good shoes
Exercises to help to control the active position of the foot.
Diagram of a flat foot using an orthotic innersole
Docpods orthotics support the natural arches of the foot that helps to limit the impact of flat foot.  This limits the wear and tear on the foot and lower limb from flat foot deformities.

If you suffer from flat foot or collapsed arches select the docpods that suit your needs from the list below.

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Docpods Regular Size Guide - for Superslim, Slimline, 3 Quarter, Sports
Small  4-7  4-8  3-6.5  4-7.5  35-40
Medium  7-9   8-10  6-9  7-10  39-43
Large   9-13  10-14  8-12  9-13  42-47

Docpods Ultra Size Guide - for Ultra and Ultra Soft
EURO  34  35.5-37.5  38-40  40.5-42  42.5-44  44.5-46.5
UK  2.5  3-4.5  5-6.5  7-8  8.5-9.5  10-12
US MENS  4-5  5.5-6  6.5-7.5  8-9  9.5-10.5  11-13.5
US WOMENS  3.5-5  5.5-7  7.5-9  9.5-10.5  11-12  13-14

Docpods Kids Size Guide - for Docpods Kids Fit only
XXS 1-3
XS 4-6
S 4-7

Docpods Foot Pillow - Trim to Fit
  S L
US MENS  4.5 - 9  9 - 13
US WOMENS  6 - 10  10 - 14