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Dr. Robert Conenello
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Fallen Arches (Overview)

A fallen arch is commonly known as a flatfoot. The foot loses the arch on the inner side of foot. This is also known as pes planus and there can be either a flexible version and a rigid version. A flexible version is flat only when weight is applied on the foot; a rigid version is flat when the foot is off and when the foot is on the ground with pressure.


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Can you ever regain the arch on your foot if you have fallen arches?

Can you ever regain the arch on your foot if you have fallen arches?

Can not: It would take surgical intervention to correct this. Most of the time conservative treatments help. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Conenello
239 Doctors shared insights

Fallen Arches (Overview)

A fallen arch is commonly known as a flatfoot. The foot loses the arch on the inner side of foot. This is also known as pes planus and there can be either a flexible version and a rigid version. A flexible version is flat only when weight is applied on the foot; a rigid version is flat when the foot is off and when the foot is on the ground with pressure.


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What causes fallen arches? Do arch supports in shoes prevent it getting worse?

What causes fallen arches? Do arch supports in shoes prevent it getting worse?

Hereditary: Many people are born with flat feet, some diseases can affect the arches.
Orthotics will sometimes delay and help the foot from getting worse. ...Read more

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What does having fallen arches mean?

What does having fallen arches mean?

See below: The joints of the middle portion of you foot have collapsed and now your arch touches the ground. ...Read more

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How can I treat sore knees and fallen arches?

How can I treat sore knees and fallen arches?

Try arch supports: Get a pair of over the counter arch supports and make sure your shoes are in good repair. If these measures do not provide enough relief, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for fallen arches?

What is the best treatment for fallen arches?

It all depends: Flat feet are characterized by severity, flexibility and ankle involvement. The calf muscle is often tight and needs to be stretched. Mild deformity can be treated with otc arch supports. A flexible deformity when severe requires a brace. Rigid deformities and ankle involvement is best treated surgically. Every effort is now made to preserve joints when possible. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for a fallen arch? Right foot. I have become extremely depressed and anti-social because of the pain, my life has changed from it.

Is there any cure for a fallen arch? Right foot. I have become extremely depressed and anti-social because of the pain, my life has changed from it.

Relief: There is no cure, but there are definite remedies that a qualified orthopedic surgeon can help you with. Most involve arch supports that relieve the excess tension on tendons (often causing heel pain and spurs). Depending on the severity and configuration of your arches now, you may need only commonly available supports; or may need custom fitted and molded ones. ...Read more

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What does having fallen arches mean?

See below: The joints of the middle portion of you foot have collapsed and now your arch touches the ground. ...Read more

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Are fallen arches reversible in an adult?

Are fallen arches reversible in an adult?

Not really: Orthotics will help support the arch but only surgery will restore it. ...Read more

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I'm in pain from fallen arches what can I do?

Have your feet: Examined; depending on the particulars, some form of orthotic control can help relieve any pain you have, stabilize your feet and limit future damage. ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain of fallen arches?

Orthotics: Or arch supports. Icing and antiinflammatories are also usually helpful. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises to raise fallen arches?

Are there any exercises to raise fallen arches?

I am under the: Belief no. Arch supports can be used to help lift the arch. There is a minimal incision surgery you can check out where an implant is placed in the back of the foot with resultant lifting of arch. Check out fixmyflatfeet. Com I personally do the procedure and find it highly effective.
The decision of conservative vs surgery would depend on your pain level. ...Read more

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Is it possible to restore fallen arches with supports?

Is it possible to restore fallen arches with supports?

No: "fallen arches" in someone your age is most likely secondary to genetics. You can't pick your parents! The best you can do is protect your feet with good shoes and supports. Abnormal foot fun tigon can lead to problems farther "up stream" with ankle, knee, hip and low back problems. Improving foot function can decrease the likelihood of these secondary problems. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: fallen arches?

Fallen Arch: A fallen arch is commonly known as a flatfoot. The foot loses the arch on the inner side of foot. This is also known as pes planus and there can be either a flexible version and a rigid version. A flexible version is flat only when weight is applied on the foot; a rigid version is flat when the foot is off and when the foot is on the ground with pressure. ...Read more

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Are horsehair inserts remedies for fallen arches?

Are horsehair inserts remedies for fallen arches?

Most insets help: Good shoes and supports can be helpful. As a rule: the thicker the sole, the stiffer the shoe, the better the support, the better your feet will feel. Have our feet evaluated, custom made orthotics may be helpful. Dr l. ...Read more

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Can you still exercise with fallen arches with orthotics?

Can you still exercise with fallen arches with orthotics?

Yes: You can exercise even if you can't walk. If you have trouble with your feet while walking or jogging, you might want to go to a shoe store where the salespeople can fit you with supportive shoes. But don't discount bicycling or walking in a pool if you can. There are all sorts of ways to exercise. ...Read more

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What can you do about fallen arches if you like to go barefoot?

What can you do about fallen arches if you like to go barefoot?

Limit barefoot: Limit your barefoot or you might want to try a sandal with a good arch support. A foot that flattens excessively can put extra stress on your knees, hips and low back. Usually improving foot function will help. Dr l. ...Read more

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I want to wear sandals but I have fallen arches any suggestions?

Yes: There are a variety of sandal manufacturers that produce sandals with arch support. Most of the good running stores will carry some. Some examples are: keen, birkenstock, fit flops, naots, think, mephisto, finn comfort and chaco. There are many others that can provide you some extra support. See what works best for you. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for fallen arches?

It all depends: Flat feet are characterized by severity, flexibility and ankle involvement. The calf muscle is often tight and needs to be stretched. Mild deformity can be treated with otc arch supports. A flexible deformity when severe requires a brace. Rigid deformities and ankle involvement is best treated surgically. Every effort is now made to preserve joints when possible. ...Read more

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Is there corrective surgery for fallen arches?

Fallen arches: This is what I like to call gee whiz surgery because of what it can entail. See your prospective surgeon, sit down and ask a ton of questions. ...Read more

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Has anyone had successful corrective surgery for fallen arches?

Yes: Corrective surgery for fallen arches can be succesful. Dependant on the type of surgery required this can be a short or very long recovery. Consult with a podiatrist to determine what will be the best treatment approach for you. ...Read more

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How do I rebuild my fallen arches in my feet?

Really can't: It's not really possible to "rebuild fallen arches." if symptomatic, orthotics can "accomodate" a flat foot. Surgery options to rebuild an arch exist but should only be considered if symptomatic and failed non-surgical management. ...Read more

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Is it safe to run barefoot with fallen arches?

Probably not: Running puts a lot stress on the foot. Having a hood motion control running shoe and extra support will usually be helpful. Custom orthotics are sometimes needed. See your sportsmediciine podiatrist. If you want to try running barefoot, be very cautious and start slowly. Dr l. ...Read more

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How can I improve pain caused by fallen arches/flat feet- which exercises to do?

How can I improve pain caused by fallen arches/flat feet- which exercises to do?

Progression possible: Traction on the medial plantar branch of the tibial nerve can lead to tarsal tunnel syndrome. This can be confirmed with EMG-NCS testing. In addition to pain you might experience tingling in the instep radiating up to above the ankle. Arch supports as others have advised is the way to go. Those Dr Shoals machines you stand on can help fit you with the right arch support. If that fails see foot DR. ...Read more

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Flat feet, fallen archesare. Are there any exercises that I can do to recreate the arches?

Not really: Flat feet can happen for a number of reasons from normal aging to loss of activity of the primary arch support, the posterior tibial tendon. Strengthening of this tendon can help minimize pain early in the disease state. In later stages, it will not help. In any case, a fallen arch will not come back with exercise. ...Read more

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What orthopedic inserts should I use in my shoes for fallen arches?

What orthopedic inserts should I use in my shoes for fallen arches?

Depends: If you are having pain try otc orthotics. Spenco is a good brand. Custom orthotics are expensive but well worth it. ...Read more

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Can you ever regain the arch on your foot if you have fallen arches?

Can not: It would take surgical intervention to correct this. Most of the time conservative treatments help. ...Read more

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What causes fallen arches? Do arch supports in shoes prevent it getting worse?

Hereditary: Many people are born with flat feet, some diseases can affect the arches.
Orthotics will sometimes delay and help the foot from getting worse. ...Read more

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How can I treat sore knees and fallen arches?

Try arch supports: Get a pair of over the counter arch supports and make sure your shoes are in good repair. If these measures do not provide enough relief, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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If you wear orthotics for flat acquired flat feet[fallen arches] is this smart, or a bad idea?

If prescribed smart: If prescribed by your foot specialist after care full evaluation of the cause it is smart, if you are using on your own with out knowing the cause of this acquired flat feet then it is not a good idea. ...Read more

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FLAT feet and fallen arch. Is it best to get custom RX orthotics for feet or store bought ones? Please advise. Dr. said no more run at surgeyr risk

Flat feet: Either at first. Try an inexpensive over the counter arch support first. If symptoms improve greatly then should be ok. If symptoms slightly improve then custom orthotics are recommended.
Custom inserts are casted from molds of your feet so basically are your inserts only.
Over the counter devices are designed to fit everyone.
See your local podiatrist ...Read more

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Which is better for neuromas and fallen arches? Foot ortho or podiatrist?

Podiatrist/ Ortho: This discussion has been going on for many years.....What you need to find out is who....Is treating the most of these conditions in your area.... And go see them....Experience is of the essence.... ...Read more

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What is the estimate amount for fallen arches surgery. My legs are killing me. I need surgery asap african

I'm: I'm not sure when you mean by "fallen arches surgery." there are numerous kinds of surgery to correct flat feet, so I'm guessing this is what you have.

There are two kinds of flat feet: 1) a flexible flatfoot, which is by far the most common, and 2) peroneal spastic flatfoot, a relatively rare condition that can cause immense pain and disability.

For the flexible flatfoot, I assume you tried orthotics, exercises, shoe modifications and even perhaps a course of physical therapy? If not, I would strongly urge you to try one or more conservative treatments before having surgery.

Flat foot surgery can be pretty extensive and disabling with up to a year of healing times, casts, screws, pins, etc. It's not something to rush into, and of course, if you want a guarantee, you'll need to go to midas muffler, because there is a known failure rate for surgery.

If you have peroneal spastic flatfoot, I assume you've been wearing a leg brace and it's not effective enough.

I hope I've provided you with some useful information. Good luck! ...Read more

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Doctor recommended orthotics for painful feet dye to fallen arches?

Doctor recommended orthotics for painful feet dye to fallen arches?

Orthotics: The best orthotics are ones that are formed from a non weight bearing molds. Podiatrist are experts at making orthotics. ...Read more

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Pain under feet and in ankles after walking. Swelling on the inside of my ankles- better with arch support in shoes. Could these be fallen arches?

Pain under feet and in ankles after walking. Swelling on the inside of my ankles- better with arch support in shoes. Could these be fallen arches?

Foot pain: Yes it may what we called plantar fasciitis, especially if you have pain upon your first few steps of walking. Pain typically in heel, arch support helps as well as ice and reforming the arch by rolling on a ball when sitting. ...Read more

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Is there foot and ankle surgery for fallen arches? I've had fallen arches my entire life. I enjoy hiking, but notice that my ankles really swell from the constant pounding even with good arch supports. Would foot and ankle surgery be a possible option to

Flat feet: If ankle braces and orthotics have not helped then I would recommend foot surgery. There is various types of foot surgery that can lift or reconstruct an arch. I would recommend talking with your foot and ankle specialist or a foot fellow orthopedist to discuss various surgeries that could benefit you. ...Read more

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I have fallen arches but left foot always hurts. Sometimes I can't walk on it. Inner part at ankle bone is painful all the way down. Burns too?

Tendinitis.: Can be treated starting with rest and anti inflammatory in short term and a good arch support in the long term. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Waiting on xray and ultrasound on left foot. I don't have fallen arches or flat feet but am In extreme pain what can In do. Taking nurofen. Help pls?

Waiting on xray and ultrasound on left foot. I don't have fallen arches or flat feet but am In extreme pain what can In do. Taking nurofen. Help pls?

Review studies: Review your current studies. If there is not an answer ask for an MRI and be reviewed by a podiatrist. All the best. Painful feet are the worst, ...Read more