Q Can orthotics help with flat feet?
Orthotics won’t “fix” your flat feet—the only thing that can change your foot shape is surgery—but they can cushion, reposition, and realign your feet to protect sensitive spots, minimize pain, and even improve your overall biomechanics.
For flat feet, over-the-counter insoles (not “true” orthotics) that can provide some relief include low profile insoles and arch supports. Mass-produced inserts won’t last as long as custom orthotics and often won’t work as well, but in less severe cases may be effective—you can experiment and see if you can find a pair that works for you.
Orthotics made by Harvey Danciger, DPM, can be a very effective solution. Although they’re more expensive than OTC insoles, they are much more durable and are custom-fit to the contours of your own, unique flat feet. They can provide the support and cushioning you need, while improving your biomechanics and preventing your feet from overpronating.
If you’re experiencing foot pain from flat feet, give our office a call today. We’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, examine your feet, and provide the correct treatment plan, whether you need orthotics or not. You can reach us at (760) 568-0108.