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On average, people take 6,000 to 10,000 steps each day. With each step there are normal movement patterns that should be completed. When these patterns deviate from normal, a variety of conditions can often result.

Feet are supposed to roll inward as a part of every step you take. This helps them to mold to the various terrain that they step on (sand, rocks, various obstacles) without injury. This is called pronation. But, when your feet roll inward excessively, problems often arise. Excessive inward rolling of the feet and ankles is called over-pronation. Sometimes, people who over-pronate are told they have “flat feet”.

The term “flat feet” can be misleading. When standing, body weight causes the arch of most feet to flatten out somewhat. This does not mean they become flat like pancakes (though some feet do). Instead, the arch shape gets longer and flatter and the arch height gets lower.

  • Heel and arch pain
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes
  • Neuroma
  • Hallux rigidus
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • And more…

  • Feet that are too flexible
  • Hereditary
  • Excess body weight
  • Pregnancy

  • Wear an appropriate arch support (orthotic) for your arch shape and height.
  • Wear shoes that are firm at the back of the shoe (the heel counter).
  • Replace shoes when they become excessively worn or misshapen or fail to hold the heel firmly at the back of the shoe.
  • Minimize the amount of time you are barefoot while on hard, flat surfaces.
  • If you are pregnant, be fitted for a good quality arch support and shoes as early in the pregnancy as possible.


  • Supportive athletic, casual or dress shoes
  • Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch support (orthotics)
  • Over-the-counter arch supports (orthotics)
  • Supportive slippers

Visit a Foot Solutions fit expert today for a free digital foot assessment, consultation and treatment recommendations for effective non-invasive solutions.


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