For many people, orthotics can definitely make a different for flatfoot pain. The support lifts the arch and helps your foot distribute pressure more evenly. It can also cushion the feet to absorb shock better. Custom orthotics can actually control your biomechanics as well. These specially-prescribed inserts take into account the specific shape of your foot and your gait to help your feet where you need it most.
On the other hand, not everyone who has flat feet needs orthotic inserts. Some people have low arches and do not experience any pain or problems with their walking or their sports. If you think your arches are low but they aren’t causing trouble, you may not need to wear inserts in your shoes at all. If you are concerned about foot pain, however, don’t be afraid to try orthotics for your flat feet. Dr. Darren Silvester and the Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic staff are happy to help you determine if you need them and get you the right kind. Make an appointment online, or call (210) 375-3318 to reach our Pleasanton, TX, office.