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Running barefoot, now pain in arch of foot. Back to shoes?

Running barefoot, now pain in arch of foot. Back to shoes?

Yes: Running barefoot is a fairly new fad.Change in activity, should be done gradually.When going from a good supportive shoe to no shoes, different muscle groups are worked and bone and ligaments are stressed differently.This can lead to overuse and breakdown(injury). If you are going to try barefoot or minimalist shoes, start with kicking around in them for few days, then short walks to running.Dr l. ...Read more

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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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Strassburg sock - gastroc contracture. Keeps foot out of equinus, but stretch felt in mid foot & not ankle/calf. Have CS in medial foot. Keep wearing?

Strassburg sock - gastroc contracture. Keeps foot out of equinus, but stretch felt in mid foot & not ankle/calf. Have CS in medial foot. Keep wearing?

Equinus: Try wearing a night splint that contours to the back of your leg. Stretching exercises, such as a heel drop of a step or a runner's stretch ie. lean into a wall with your arms extended and one leg back. Lean forward to stretch the calf. Hold all exercises 30 seconds, do 2 sets, 3 times per day. Hope this helps. ...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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Pain in arch of foot due to fasciitis?

Pain in arch of foot due to fasciitis?

Most likely: Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury. Most present with pain on the first few steps in the am or after sitting for a period of time. If that is the case, treatment consists of reducing inflammation and decreasing stress. Ice massage with frozen water bottle, antiinflammatories, light stretching, good shoes and supports, limit activity and avoid barefoot. See your foot specialist. Dr l. ...Read more

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I have plantar fasciitis and spur at ball of my foot. New orthotics have an arch and I walk flat footed. Foot feels bruised. Try to adapt? Damaging?

I have plantar fasciitis and spur at ball of my foot. New orthotics have an arch and I walk flat footed. Foot feels bruised. Try to adapt? Damaging?

Give it time: If you have just started wearing the orthotics, your foot may just need more time. Just like anything new, start slowly. Meaning, wear the orthotics in short durations and build from there. If the foot does not come around quickly, see a doctor to check the fit of the orthotic. ...Read more

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Podiatrist only. 4 overpronation/bunion best shoes/boots w laces have boots laces start 2 in. Higher on foot near ankle enough support?

Podiatrist only. 4 overpronation/bunion best shoes/boots w laces  have boots laces start 2 in. Higher on foot near ankle enough support?

Add support: Either an over the counter support like power steps or super feet would be helpful but if your feet are severely probated a prescription orthotic may be necessary. High running shoes a high lacing boot would also be helpful. ...Read more

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Flexible high arch runner. Stability shoes caused arch to collapse, feet to evert, numbness 1st web space, and anterior hip rotation. Reversable?

Flexible high arch runner. Stability shoes caused arch to collapse, feet to evert, numbness 1st web space, and anterior hip rotation. Reversable?

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 an exam. ...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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Pain in lower foot arch and hamstring in both feet when jogging and playing soccer ?

Pain in lower foot arch and hamstring in both feet when jogging and playing soccer
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Stretch/arch support: Depending on brands, styles cleats are often not as supportive in the arch area as a good running shoe. I would suggest placing a rigid arch support or custom orthotic in the soccer shoe, but first remove the insole so you will have more room. I would also recommend proper stretching and wrapping/taping the hamstrings before practice or a match if necessary. See a specialist if no improvement. ...Read more

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Pain in ball of foot from ballerina flats?

Pain in ball of foot from ballerina flats?

Exam: You need to see a doctor to determine the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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Anyone experienced sudden pain in arch of foot while walking?

Anyone experienced sudden pain in arch of foot while walking?

Have it evaluated: Your pain could due to trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis, inflammation), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), poor circulation, musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and different neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. The treatment varies depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Left foot pain at the bottom of my foot in the arch?

Left foot pain at the bottom of my foot in the arch?

Inflammation: This most likely would be plantar fasciitis or a flexor tendonitis. There is also the possiblity of a pinched nerve to the area. The only way to find out for sure is to visit your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Have sharp pains in the ankle and arch of my foot?

Have sharp pains in the ankle and arch of my foot?

? Plantar Fasciaitis: You may well be describing a condition called plantar fasciaitis. This is usually worse the first thing in the morning with the first steps. Heel pain and pain in the arch can be signs of this. Stretching the foot out is the answer. Google it! otherwise, see your pcp or see an orthopedist or foot and ankle specialist and get a good evaluation. There may be other issues at hand (or foot?)! ...Read more

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Can ankle clonus be tested by raising heel and keeping toes on the floor? My ankle shakes uncontrollabley when raising heels of the floor in both feet

Can ankle clonus be tested by raising heel and keeping toes on the floor? My ankle shakes uncontrollabley when raising heels of the floor in both feet

No: By definition, ankle clonus is a response to rapid dorsiflexion of the ankle - what you are describing is plantarflexion of the ankle. The ankle shaking is more likely simply due to weakness, so see your physician for further evaluation of the cause of your weakness. ...Read more