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Doctor insights on: Arch Supports For Flat Feet

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Is buying a shoe with higher arch support better support for my flat feet?

Is buying a shoe with higher arch support better support for my flat feet?

Not necessarily : Although it's important to try and keep your feet from becoming flatter. It is possible that a higher arched shoe could cause strain or pressure on areas that won't like it. Persons who are flat-footed need more biomechanical control more than support. I advise, consulting with your local area podiatrist first. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Conenello
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Fallen Arches (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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New running sneakers with arch support (always told I have flat feet) but I got a blister on left foot only on my arch. What would cause this?

New running sneakers with arch support (always told I have flat feet) but I got a blister on left foot only on my arch. What would cause this?

Flat supports.: Blisters are caused by excessive friction. New shoes under any condition can cause blister formation until they are broken in. Try removing the arches and replace them with lower ones, or at least ones that better fit your arch height. ...Read more

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I have flat feet and new workboots with good support. First day my arches hurt, is this normal? Will my feet get used to it?

I have flat feet and new workboots with good support. First day my arches hurt, is this normal? Will my feet get used to it?

Yes you will: Wearing new shoes with good arch support too long can definitely cause pain/discomfort. I would try to break the new shoes in over a period of a week. Wear the shoes an hour or two at home, then take them off. Put the boots on later in the day. In time your arch will get used to the support. ...Read more

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What kind of arch support should I use for running if I have flat feet?

What kind of arch support should I use for running if I have flat feet?

One that feels good: Having a good motion control shoe is a good start. Many times adding extra arch support is quite helpful. I would start with an otc support. There are many otc supports available. You need to find one that feels comfortable. Any change needs to be done gradually. Talk to a good running store. A custom orthotic is the best support. Talk to your foot specialists. Dr l. ...Read more

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Are insoles good at preventing flat feet, stabilizing the heel and supporting the arch of the foot?

Are insoles good at preventing flat feet, stabilizing the heel and supporting the arch of the foot?

If your feed need: Support, they are by nature unstable. It is all hereditary. It isn't about whether your feet are flat or not, it is about how stable they are. If unstable they need firm support--discipline, if you will--good orthotics, not too cushioned or flexible, would be best. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have flat feet should I wear shoes with a high arch support?

Can you tell me if I have flat feet should I wear shoes with a high arch support?

Orthotics: The best advice I can give you for your flat feet is to get a custom molded foot orthotic. Most shoes are not made with a very aggressive arch support as most people who purchase that shoe will not be able to tolerate an aggressive built in arch support. ...Read more

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Flat feet. Plantar fascia issues. Use superfeet blue (low support) ,stretch and ice. Is more arch support needed or will it make things worse?

Flat feet. Plantar fascia issues. Use superfeet blue (low support) ,stretch and ice. Is more arch support needed or will it make things worse?

You would want to : Put your foot into a "neutral position". Maximizing the arch height is something to try. Not everyone can tolerate it. ...Read more

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.My feet and legs ache alot.. I have flat feet n brachymetatarsia. Do u think arch support will completely solve the problem.

.My feet and legs ache alot.. I have flat feet n brachymetatarsia. Do u think arch support will completely solve the problem.

Will help aching: Arch support should help the aching in your feet and legs. It won't fix your brachymetatarsia. The only way to correct brachymetatarsia is with surgery, but it is an elective procedure. Most of the time brachymetatarsia is not painful. ...Read more

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If you can walk with a limp but not on your flat foot should you get arch supports?

If you can walk with a limp but not on your flat foot should you get arch supports?

See the podiatrist: Why are you limping? Limping is not normal, and i'd advise you to get examined first before making any comment. The limp may be due to arch position causing discomfort or it may be from limb length differences. Get checked. Arch supports are a generalized term for orthotics but there are so many varied uses that the correct device may not only support the arch but control movement elsewhere. ...Read more

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I have a flat foot arch. Is a support mold needed to get properorthotics?

I have a flat foot arch. Is a support mold needed to get properorthotics?

Orthotics: Yes - a proper cast/mold of the foot is absolutely critical to making the orthotics. See your podiatrist for help ...Read more

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Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla
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Flatfoot (Definition)

Flat foot describes the condition where the bones and supportive tissues of the foot are such that the normal arch of the bottom surface of the foot is absent, and the foot rests ...Read more


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Flatfeet (Definition)

Flat feet, (Pes planus) is a condition in which the arch or instep of the foot collapses and comes in contact with the ground. In some individuals, this arch never develops while they are growing. ...Read more