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Flat Feet Without Pain: Do You Need Orthotics?

If your flat feet don't cause pain you probably don't need orthotics. But symptoms can develop slowly and even people with healthy feet can benefit from orthotics

By Petal Mashraki
Joel Taylor
Edited by Joel Taylor

Updated February 17, 2023.

If your flat feet are not causing you pain, you can probably live without orthotics. Some people never experience the symptoms of low arches. In others, the symptoms may develop gradually over time.

What Symptoms of Flat Feet Should You Watch Out For?

You need to be alert to any symptoms that develop over time, especially if you have obesity, cerebral palsy, hypertension, or diabetes.

Flat feet can affect your body in a number of ways where you might not feel the pain in your feet at all. If you experience pain in your knees, ankles, back, or hips, it could be related to your flat feet. If you feel pain in your feet after long periods of standing or walking a long distance, it could be caused by flat feet.

Can Flat Feet Be Harmless?

In most instances, you don't need orthotics if your flat feet aren't causing you pain. Having well-fitting shoes and custom orthotics can be beneficial to everyone, even if your feet are healthy. Custom orthotics for flat feet give your feet the ideal support and comfort that they need, and this can prevent foot problems in the future.