[quote]Professor X wrote:
Andy Schmitt wrote:
This question is for Eric Cressey and anyone else who has any experience working with those with flat feet .I know Eric has mentioned the free as a way to get the foot to work harder and along with soft tissue work and anterior tibialis work to correct flat feet in those that have functional flat feet.
I understand that frees are built with a curved last and that a curved last is usually for supinators.So wouldn’t the frees rather than keeping a foot neutral, kind of make your foot flater?Is that the idea?The foot has to work harder to get out of being flat?
I have flat feet. I have had orthotics made in the past because of pain associated with it. Since I have been wearing the frees I haven’t needed the orthotics (which didn’t help me much to begin with). My feet would hurt at first because they were working harder during the day because of lack of support, however that helped me out in the long run.
I think your idea is wrong. It isn’t “making your foot flatter”. It is allowing your feet to adapt in strength to how flat they already are while you walk around on them all day long…something you wouldn’t normally do.
My other shoes that have more support are now extremely uncomfortable for me whereas I could tolerate them before.[/quote]
Did you over-pronate without Nike Frees or orthotics and get shin splints as well as foot pain?