Pes Planus Orthotics - A Guide

Pes Planus Orthotics For Flat Feet - A Guide by Pedors Shoes

Pes planus, commonly known as flat feet or fallen arches, is a condition in which the arches of the feet are flattened, causing the entire sole of the foot to make contact with the ground. Normally, the foot has an arch that provides a supportive structure, enabling it to absorb shock and distribute the body weight evenly during activities like walking and running. In individuals with pes planus, this arch is reduced or absent.

Two Main Types Of Pes Planus:

Flexible Pes Planus

In this type, the arch of the foot is visible when the person is sitting or standing on their toes, but it disappears when they put weight on their feet. This condition is often painless and may not cause significant issues with mobility.

Rigid Pes Planus

In rigid pes planus, the arch is not present regardless of whether the person is bearing weight on the foot or not. Rigid flat feet may be associated with more severe symptoms and can contribute to foot pain and functional limitations.

Causes of Pes Planus


Flat feet can be inherited, and a family history of pes planus may increase the likelihood of developing the condition.

Muscular Weakness or Tightness

Weak or tight muscles in the feet and lower legs can contribute to the development of flat feet.

Tendons and Ligaments

Abnormalities in the tendons and ligaments of the feet can affect the arch structure.


Trauma or injuries to the feet, such as fractures or dislocations, can lead to flat feet.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, diabetes, and neuromuscular disorders, may be associated with flat feet.

Symptoms of Pes Planus

The symptoms of flat feet can vary, and some individuals may not experience any discomfort. However, common symptoms include:

Foot Pain

Foot pain particularly in the arch or heel.


Swelling along the inside of the ankle.

Tired Feet

Tired or achy feet.

Difficulty Standing On Tiptoes

Difficulty standing on tiptoes due to decresed arch strength.

Treatment of Pes Planus

Treatment for flat feet depends on the severity of symptoms and may include:

Supportive Footwear

Wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioning can help alleviate symptoms.

Orthotic Inserts

Custom or over-the-counter orthotic inserts can provide additional support and help distribute pressure evenly.

Physical Therapy

Exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles in the feet and lower legs may be beneficial.

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce stress on the feet.


Over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medications may help manage pain and inflammation.

Surgery (in severe cases)

In cases of severe pain or deformity, surgical intervention may be considered to reconstruct the arch or address other structural issues.

Individuals with flat feet who experience pain or discomfort should consult with a healthcare professional, such as a podiatrist, for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate management plan.

Pedors Products For Pes Planus Flat Feet

  • The Genext Active "Beats" below are for regular shoes while the thinner Low Profile Orthotics are for dress shoes (shoes with limited interior space).

  • Both orthotics work really well for Pes Planus Fallen Arches, but only the Genext Active have the option of adding a "posted heel" which can aid in supporting the arch.

  • If you have metatarsalgia (ball-of-foot-pain) you will want to check the "Met Pad" option, available on both orthotics.

Be sure to read the reviews! Plenty of success stories in resolving fallen arch issues!

Conclusion on the Pedors Guide to Pes Planus Fallen Arches Orthotics

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