Two questions we receive frequently are regarding flat feet (which are usually an abnormal foot structure known as the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity) and about orthotics and insoles.
In this article, Professor/Dr. Rothbart answers your questions on how to tell if you have a flexible flat foot (the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity) and what is the difference between orthotics and insoles.
How can I tell if I have a flexible flat foot?
To determine if you have a flexible flat foot, take this Footprint Test:
When you get out of your bath tub, look at your footprint on the floor. The front of your foot (the ball) should join your heel by a strip. Ideally, this strip should be about 1/2 the width of the ball of your foot.
If you have a flexible flat foot, this strip is the same width as the ball of your foot, creating a footprint that looks like a stretched out pancake.
Then sit down and take the weight off your feet. If you find your foot now has an arch, you have a flexible flat foot.
What is the difference between orthotics and insoles?
Podiatric literature uses the terms orthotics and insoles to mean any device placed under the feet. This can be confusing in trying to understand the difference between a biomechanical orthotic and a proprioceptive insole.
A biomechanical orthotic is a device placed under the foot to support it by using shims and arch supports – much like an engineer stabilizing a building that is severely settling.
A proprioceptive insole is a device placed under the foot, which uses a combination of pressure points in the insole in order to normalize the distorted postural signals being sent from the feet to the brain.
If you have a question about whether you might have a flexible flat foot or would like to know more about the difference between orthotics and insoles, or any other question you’ve wanted to ask Professor/Dr. Rothbart and haven’t found the answer in the articles on this website, you are most welcome to send me your question by going to the contact page.
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Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here. http://www.curingchronicpain.com/schedule-an-initial-phone-consultation
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain