A Better Solution Than Custom Orthotics for Flat Feet

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Feb 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

hand_and_the_word_solutionIf you have flat feet or fallen arches, then you’ve probably tried over-the-counter or custom orthotics for flat feet that promised a quick fix, great support, and the opportunity for you to live life without foot pain. You also probably experienced disappointing results and are looking for a better solution. There is one, but first you have to expand your understanding and get to the root of the problem.

The real problem

The arch in your foot is formed by several bones. When you’re born, this internal bone structure is either normal or it isn’t. When the bones aren’t normal or stable it leads to a collapse of the arch also known as flat feet. Your flat feet are actually a symptom of the real problem – foot misalignment. The collapse of the arch is related to the misalignment of the ankle bone. When the ankle bone starts to slip off the heel bone it unlocks the bones in the middle of your foot, leading to the fallen arch, and causing your flat feet.

The truth about custom orthotics

There are some people who find relief by using over-the-counter or custom orthotics for flat feet, but the reality is they are an external fix for an internal problem. They are a temporary solution at best, and have other drawbacks: there are many shoes that can’t be worn with orthotics, there is no use for them when you’re not wearing shoes, and they can be expensive to have made and replaced for the rest of your life. Most importantly they don’t stabilize or realign the ankle bone. So what is the better alternative?

The better solution

Many people who have flat feet don’t experience foot pain at all, but instead feel the pain caused by the misalignment in their feet as a chain reaction through the body in their knees, hips and back. There is now a minimally invasive procedure that inserts a small titanium stent called HyProCure® into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bones to realign the bones instantly. The HyProCure® device is a major medical breakthrough for the treatment of misaligned or flat feet because:

  • It corrects the internal problem in a non-traumatic way
  • It's an outpatient procedure that allows people to walk out of the office in a walking boot and small bandage
  • It has significantly reduced recovery times than other traditional surgeries
  • The device is meant to stay in the foot permanently
  • It can be performed in both children and adults of every activity level

It’s important to note that custom orthotics may be recommended for people who aren’t a candidate for HyProCure®, but the fact is there is little benefit of custom orthotics for flat feet when there is a device like HyProCure® available.

To find out if you’re a candidate for HyProCure® or to learn more about how the procedure works, download the free eBook below or contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Custom Orthotics, foot pain, HyProCure