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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
No best way: Each person is evaluated separately to discover where the worst deformity is and then a plan can be developed to fix it.
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A member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience Family Medicine
Flat feet: Foot pronation (inside of foot caves inward when standing) foot pain/fatigue easier than other people when walking or running.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Loss in arch: Included in the normal anatomy of the foot is what is known as the plantar or longitudinal arch. A normal arch protects excessive weight bearing to ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
See a: Podiatrist. They can give excellent guidance regarding footwear and arch supports.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
No: Just control of the foot will not control the leg position.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Both: Both may be problematic. Have it evaluated by a professional. Get evaluated by a professional. Custom made orthoces may benefit you.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rajeev Sehgal
24 years experience Podiatry
In theory yes: Limited range of motion of the hallux can cause bio mechanical strain to other parts of the foot including the plantar fascia
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Hatch
42 years experience Podiatry
AFO: An ankle foot orthosis (afo) is a brace that encompasses the foot and ankle. It may have a hinge at the ankle or be fixed. It is used for a variety of ... Read More
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A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Orthotics: Custom made would be best option. Store bought orthotics are really for an average type arch which would not give you enough support. I don't think th ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
They can be...: See a podiatrist and your visit should include a foot examination, possibly xrays and gait (walking) evaluation. Orthotics are prescription devices ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Don't quite understa: -nd the question. Do U mean on images? Often they look normal, there's no arch, so standing images reveal this. There R 2 types, fixed & flexible. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
35 years experience Podiatry
No: To say something can heal implies a wound. The tailor bunion is a deformity and when painful, that is a symptom. Neither will "heal". If pressure is r ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Yes: There are several procedures or combinations of procedures to help cure flatfoot. You would need an evaluation to tell exactly what is needed.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lorry Melnick
44 years experience Podiatry
Not usually: No more than any other shoe. Your shoes need to be fit properly to your foot. Many people with foot problems find crocks to be comfortable and wide e ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Kail
27 years experience Podiatry
Absolutely: The plantar fascia ligament plays an important part of the foot arch structure as do the bones. If you fracture a bone considered part of the arch th ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Mihalich
20 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Hard to say: There is not much research on the benefits or risks of barefoot running. Midfoot fractures are usually stress injuries and the loss of shock absorpti ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See a podiatrist: You present a difficult problem that needs an exam. It is most likely that you will need orthotics to control the motion of your foot and support the ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
They Happen!: Most any joint can develop hypertrophy (enlargement) of bone. "spurs" is the common term for this build up of bone. It can be the result of trauma t ... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Jimenez
46 years experience Rheumatology
Go to running store: Most podiatrists can watch you walk/run and pick the best shoe for you, or recommend an orthotic with a specific shoe brand. Another good option is to ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Schneider
23 years experience Preventive Medicine
Absolutely: Flatfoot causes a very unstable base of support. This causes the muscles to work harder than they should, causing pain. Get a good supportive insole s ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chuc Dang
Dr. Chuc Dang answered
34 years experience Podiatry
Clubfoot a deformity: Clubfoot is not a symptom, but a deformity (talipes equinovarus is another name for clubfoot). This is a triplane deformity: equinus (sagittal pl), va ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Golden
28 years experience Podiatry
No: It would help support the plantar fascia but cannot cause a foot to becomr "high arched".
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Either: You need an exam and x-ray to tell the differance.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
41 years experience Podiatry
Definately yes: A custom orthotic made to fit your foot will redistribute pressure across the entire foot, can ease heel pain, arch pain, even knee and low back pain. ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rudolf Zak
18 years experience Podiatry
Flat feet: Yes.
A female asked:
Dr. Sam Sugar
Dr. Sam Sugar answered
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Hurt tendon: it means that the tendons in your feet are chronically stressed and swollen due to the anatomic abnormality of excess long term pronation. Consider or ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Newman
31 years experience Podiatry
Yes: The symptoms of flatfoot are usually amenable to supportive shoes and arch supports (which may include custom made foot supports). More advanced brac ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See below: You need to try a brace or orthotic that will support the arch and stabilize the foot. Surgery may be in your future.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Arches don't : Generally collapse save for a charcot foot deformity or posterior tibial tendon rupture. I would recommed an in office consult with a foot doctor for ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Usually not: Flexible flat feet, otherwise known as pes planovalgus is really common in children and usually does not cause any problems. Usually treatment, which ... Read More
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Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Wide variety: Many cases of flatfoot require no treatment. Some of the best athletes in the world are flat footed and have required no treatment. Treatment is requi ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lorry Melnick
44 years experience Podiatry
Sub taylor implant: There is a surgery that uses a implant in the sub-taylor joint to build a arch. This surgery is called a sub-taylor arthroerysis procedure.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Surgery: Is your only option.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Wagner
17 years experience Podiatry
Pain: Pain on the top of the foot may be caused by several reasons. If no injury known then some reasons may be : tight shoes, tight muscles, joint pain, te ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Orthotics: Support and strengthen. Support via orthotics (custom arch supports), try and build up the muscles /tendons of the foot i.E the posterior tibial tendo ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Macy
40 years experience Podiatry
Much depends on : What sort of symptoms you have. If there's pain developing, then most of the time the situation can be helped by the used of custom orthotics. Its a ... Read More
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