It is common to say that so and so “has flat feet”, but to say it that way implies that he or she has always or will always have the same flat feet. The assumption is that feet have a static posture that never changes and that you either have flat feet or you don’t.
The truth is that our feet and our entire bodies are always changing: if we eat too much we get fat; if we don’t exercise we get weak; ageing changes everything; and gravity, body weight and the hard surfaces of modern living beat down our arches over time.
The 26 bones that give our feet structure depend on semi-elastic bands of connective tissue called ligaments to keep them together and nested against each other. Ligaments are very good at resisting short-term, forceful stretches but are susceptible to long-term stretches that make them longer and looser (like prolonged standing on hard floors). As the ligaments get looser, they can’t hold the bones together like they used to, so the arches and general structure of the foot slumps.
As the structure slumps closer to flat on the floor, foot function becomes abnormal. The foot will feel more fatigued in the early stages, then develop pain and/or deformities as the altered function causes progressive tissue damage.
Some people are born with loose ligaments and have flat feet as a child. Many people will have good arch structure as a child but will stretch out their ligaments as time goes on. Either way, your feet need good structure (posture) and function to stay healthy. Sole Supports™ were designed to give feet back their missing structure and to prevent any future loss of structure.
Time, in general, is not your body’s friend. But timely use of a pair of custom Sole Supports can beat time at it’s own game.