Flat Feet: What It Really Means for Your Feet and Body

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Having flat feet might not seem like a big deal, but it can actually cause problems for your feet and body. In this blog post, we'll explore why having flat feet can be a challenge and introduce a solution that can help.

Flat foot runner on a treadmill

Understanding Flat Feet

Flat feet are a common foot condition that can occur in people of all ages, where the arches of the feet do not develop fully or collapse over time. This causes the entire sole of the foot to come into contact with the ground. While some people with flat feet may experience no discomfort, others are more likely to experience increased risk of foot pain, lower limb injuries, and musculoskeletal problems. The researchers found that altered foot mechanics in individuals with flat feet can cause strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, leading to pain and/or injury.

Podiatrist talking with a patient about the causes of flat feet

Causes of Flat Feet

There are a number of different causes of flat feet, in many cases, flat feet are simply the result of genetics and there is nothing that can be done to prevent them. However, there are also a number of lifestyle factors that can contribute to the development of flat feet, including:

     • Obesity: carrying excess weight puts additional strain on the feet and can lead to flattened arches.

     • Pregnancy: the added weight and changes in hormones during pregnancy can cause the ligaments in the feet to loosen, leading to flat feet.

     • Poorly fitting shoes: wearing shoes that don't provide adequate support or cushioning can also contribute to flat feet.

Living with flat feet can be challenging. Besides physical discomfort, chronic foot pain can affect your quality of life, limit activities, and cause frustration. Untreated flat feet can also contribute to poor posture, resulting in pain in other areas of the body, such as the knees, hips, and lower back. These issues can have long-term consequences for your physical and mental well-being.

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The Benefits of Protalus Insoles

Protalus insoles feature a unique patented design that includes a contoured arch support and a deep heel cup. This design helps realign the foot, redistributing pressure and reducing strain on the muscles and ligaments. By promoting proper foot alignment, Protalus insoles can alleviate the discomfort associated with flat feet and provide relief from common foot conditions.

By using Protalus insoles, and adjusting your alignment you can experience these benefits:

     • Pain Relief: Protalus insoles patented design helps cushion and support the  foot, reducing discomfort associated with flat feet. The contoured arch support and deep heel cup work together to promote a natural foot position, relieving pressure on sensitive areas.

     • Improved Stability and Balance: Protalus insoles improve stability and balance by providing enhanced support and alignment. This is especially important for individuals with flat feet, as lack of arch support can lead to instability. By improving balance, these insoles help reduce the risk of falls and injuries.

     • Enhanced Performance: Whether you're an athlete or someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, Protalus insoles can optimize foot function and improve performance. By reducing strain on the feet and lower limbs, these insoles can enhance endurance, reduce fatigue, and improve overall comfort during physical activities.

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